Former U of I Football Star Sentenced to 90 Years for 1995 Rape

Steven Feagin will face trial for two other Illinois assault cases

By Lindsay Smith
|  Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012  |  Updated 7:15 PM CDT
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Former U of I Football Star Sentenced in Rape Case

Steven Feagin

A former University of Illinois football star was sentenced Wednesday to 90 years in prison for sexually assaulting a student in 1995, according to the Champaign County State's attorney.

Steven Feagin, a former Illinois running back from Pompano Beach, Fla., was charged with three separate sex attacks around the university during the 1990s. He was found guilty in June of three counts of aggravated sexual abuse for attacking a woman in Urbana in 1995.

After connecting three cases of sexual assault in Illinois during the 1990s to a 2007 Florida case through DNA evidence, police began to search for a University of Illinois student who was originally from Florida.

The search led police to Feagin, and police charged him in the three Illinois assaults after taking a DNA sample.

Judge Thomas Difanis sentenced Feagin, who has been held in the Champaign County jail on $10 million bail since being arrested in September, to the maximum penalty of 90 years.

He will face trial for the two other Illinois assault cases.

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