"Mr. Football" convicted of rape and robbery in brutal home invasion

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - New details in a brutal North Canton home invasion.

Two-time "Mr. Football" winner, Erick Howard, was convicted Thursday of rape and robbery.

Prosecutors say Howard and 19-year-old Seth Obermiller broke into a home on Sunford Avenue SE while the residents were asleep last August. A third man, Michael Taylor, acted as the look-out.

The suspects tied the victims' hands and feet with duct tape and held guns to their heads while demanding money and cell phones. Next, they sexually assaulted the female victim.

Obermiller accepted a plea deal and is currently serving a seven-year sentence.

Howard, who rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 12 years, will be sentenced next week. He faces up to 41 years in prison.

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