Ex-NFL Player Charged With Killing Girlfriend Sentenced in Separate Case

Kevin Ware gets 15 years in prison
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2021 2:24 AM CST
Updated Dec 13, 2022 12:39 AM CST
Remains Found in Search for Ex-NFL Player's Girlfriend
Kevin Ware Jr.   (Montgomery County Jail)
UPDATE Dec 13, 2022 12:39 AM CST

Former NFL player Kevin Ware Jr. was on Monday sentenced to 15 years behind bars on drug and weapon charges. Ware took a plea deal on the charges he was hit with in April 2021, to avoid a trial that was scheduled to start Monday, Click2Houston reports. "We had some conversations with the defense lawyer over the weekend that indicated this could be a possibility,” the felony division chief with the Montgomery Co. District Attorney’s Office tells KHOU. “But we didn’t know for sure that this was happening until this morning, pretty much as they were bringing the jurors into the courtroom." In July 2021, Ware was also charged with murder and tampering with evidence (a corpse) in the killing of his girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski, and he has a court date Feb. 8 in that case. The drug and weapon charges are not related to Pomaski's death.

Dec 15, 2021 2:24 AM CST

Human remains have been found in the monthslong search for the girlfriend of an ex-NFL player, a Texas woman missing since April. Taylor Pomaski, 29, was last seen at a party at her home in Spring, Texas, NBC News reports. Authorities believed she may have been the victim of foul play, and in May her case was transferred to the homicide department. A site in North Harris County was searched and excavated Dec. 10, and remains were found there that were later determined to be human. "At this time, investigators are unclear on the identity of the remains, but investigators believe them to be related to the Pomaski case," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says.

Pomaski is the girlfriend of Kevin Ware, 41, a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. He has not been charged in her disappearance, but he was arrested in April on unrelated drug and weapons charges and released on bond five days prior to her disappearance, People reports. He was then re-arrested in June for failure to appear in court. Prosecutors, in a bid to have his bond revoked in that case, called him a suspect in a murder investigation related to Pomaski's disappearance, but his attorney says he's cooperated with authorities and was surprised to be called a suspect. He remains jailed in the June case. (More missing woman stories.)

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