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Former NFL lineman Justin Bannan convicted of attempted murder

Former NFL defensive tackle Justin Bannan was found guilty Friday of attempted murder and first-degree assault for a 2019 shooting.

Bannan, 42, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, blaming concussions and head injuries sustained while playing football, for the shooting of 36-year-old acupuncturist Ashley Marie in her treatment room in Boulder, Colo.

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The California native, who was busted with a rolled-up $20 bill with traces of cocaine at the time of his arrest, told police that he was hiding from the Russian mafia, according to KDVR.

Marie suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her right shoulder.

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Justin Bannan was found guilty Friday.
Justin Bannan was found guilty Friday. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Prosecutors also said that, along with the cocaine, Bannan had taken a double dose of Adderall before the shooting.

Bannan’s defense team blamed head trauma that led to paranoid thoughts.

“Think of gladiators in Roman times, they cheered for them and they are great but when they are done they historically fed them to the lions,” Harvey Steinberg, Bannan’s attorney, said during the trial, according to KDVR. “The science tells you his mind, his brain is defective, and the law says because of that you must find him not guilty by reason of insanity.”

The jury disagreed.

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Bannan was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2002 out of the University of Colorado, then played with the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions across a 12-year NFL career.

He is due for sentencing on Nov. 5.

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