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Football star sentenced to 26 years to life on rape charges

Torrey Green and his lawyer Skye Lazaro listen as the judge announces closing arguments during his rape trial, Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019 in Brigham City, Utah. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal via AP)

BRIGHAM CITY — A former Utah State University football star convicted in the rape of five women and sexually assaulting a sixth has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison in the case.

Torrey Green, 25, was sentenced Wednesday to 5 years to life for each of the five counts of rape, with the sentences set to run consecutively.

The sentence falls in line with what prosecutors had requested. In a memo sent to the court ahead of the sentencing hearing, prosecutors argued each woman’s sexual assault should be treated individually.

In that memo, Deputy Cache County Attorney Spencer Walsh wrote that the women are “six separate and unique individuals. Six human beings. Six lives that were traumatized and forever changed.”

Walsh argued consecutive sentences would send a message that serial sexual offenses come with serious consequences.

Green claimed he had never had any sexual encounters with two of his accusers, and testified at his trial that the remaining four were consensual. The jury disagreed, convicting him in all six accusations.

Green was a linebacker and broadcast journalism major at USU. He signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL but was dropped in 2016 after the accusations came to light.