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Another college football player exonerated on rape charges

While Kishawn Holmes was exonerated for rape, he does have a checkered past.

A former Cerritos College football player who was convicted of rape last year is now a free man after he was exonerated over a blunder during his trial. This is the second case thrown out this month. Last week Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus won his case and was granted an opportunity to return to the Badgers team.

In March of 2018, a jury convicted 23-year-old Kishawn Holmes of forcibly raping a 19-year-old woman and fellow student from Cerritos College, according to CBS Los Angeles. His conviction was later thrown out after a judge determined Holmes didn’t get a fair trial because a witness in the case had allegedly lied, per CBS Los Angeles.

However, this isn’t Holmes’ first brush with the law. In September 2013, at the age of 17, he was arrested on similar charges while a student at Vista Murrieta High School. He was accused, along with another student, of sex crimes against six female victims.

In April 2014, he pleaded guilty to rape by force in this case. I am not sure if a team will give him a shot to come back and play football, but this is a pretty wild scenario.

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