Brian Banks, a former high school football recruit arrested and convicted on rape charges, was exonerated today in a Long Beach Court. The now 26-year-old spent more than five years in prison after being accused of rape and being advised by his lawyer to plead no contest. He was facing a sentence of 41 years to life in prison.
His accuser admitted she lied about the rape but would not recant the story officially as she did not want to give up the $1.5 million her mother won from Long Beach schools in a civil suit.
During a second meeting that was secretly videotaped, she told Banks, “‘I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back,'” according to a defense investigator who was at the meeting.
Before his arrest, Banks was one of the top recruits in the country. He had a scholarship offer from USC.
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