PHOENIX -- Former Arizona State running back Loren Wade,
convicted of second-degree murder in the 2005 slaying of another
ex-Sun Devils football player, was sentenced Friday to 20 years in
Wade, 23, faced 10 to 22 years under sentencing guidelines after
being convicted June 7 by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury.
He was charged in the death of Brandon Falkner, who was shot
outside a nightclub in suburban Scottsdale on March 26, 2005.
Prosecutors claimed Falkner was shot because Wade saw him
talking to his girlfriend. They also argued during the trial that
Wade had a history of violent behavior and domestic violence toward
Falkner, 25, was a defensive back for the Sun Devils from
Wade, a tailback from Los Angeles, set a school freshman rushing
record in 2003 but played only three games in 2004 before he was
suspended for the season for receiving improper benefits involving
an overdue utility bill.
He had returned to the team and was participating in spring
practice at the time of the shooting.