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Jailed Former Nebraska Cornhusker and NFL Misfit Runningback Suspected of Killing Cellmate

April 14, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Jailed Former Nebraska Cornhusker and NFL Misfit Runningback Suspected of Killing Cellmate

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Former troubled Nebraska Corn Husker and former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, currently serving a 31 year jail sentence for choking his girlfriend and car theft, is believed to have murdered his cellmate in a California prison.

Prison officials announced Monday.

Kern Valley State Prison Guards discovered Damion Soward, 37, unresponsive in the cell he shared with Phillips on Saturday. Lt. Marshall Denning said Soward, who is from San Bernardino County, California, was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder. He was pronounced dead on Sunday.

Phillips, a once budding college football superstar, was allowed to play with the Nebraska Cornhuskers despite having a string of run-ins with the law.

He is considered to be one of the biggest busts in NFL history. A bad player on and off the field.

The St. Louis Rams drafted Phillips sixth overall in 1996 and released him in 1997 because disciplinary problems. He also had brief stints with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

Phillips’ most notable career highlight was a missed tackle that lead to Hall of Fame QB Steve Young getting blindsided, which resulted in a career-ending concussion.

State Prison Officials, Kern County Coroner and The Kern County District Attorney, have launched an investigation into Soward’s death. Prison officials said.

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