Carl Granderson poses for a portrait during UW football media day last year at the Indoor Practice Facility in Laramie. Granderson has been released from jail and re-sentenced to one year of supervised probation.

Former University of Wyoming football player Carl Granderson has been released from the Albany County Detention Center after he was granted a reduced sentence by Campbell County district court judge John Perry in a Monday ruling.

Granderson will now serve one year of supervised probation.

He was sentenced to six months in jail by Albany County district court judge Tori Kricken after pleading no contest to two misdemeanors, one count of unlawful contact and one count of sexual battery.

The appeal of his sentence was transferred to Perry after Granderson’s attorney accused Kricken of handing down an “illegal sentence” for voiding the defendant’s plea deal.

Before Granderson was released, Kricken’s sentence had him scheduled to be released from jail in January. Her sentence rejected a plea agreement calling for one year of supervised probation.

Granderson was originally charged with third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery in February after two victims came forward in November to report Granderson had molested them while they slept at his off-campus apartment the day after UW’s football season ended.

Late last month, Granderson’s attorney Megan Goetz appealed the case to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Additionally, during an August 19 hearing, Goetz filed a motion to allow Granderson to withdraw his pleas and to grant him a new trial, alleging that “manifest injustice” had occurred in the case after Kricken was found to have had an ex parte communication with a mental health counselor retained by Granderson.

In a previous filing, Goetz said that Kricken made a phone call shortly before the sentencing proceedings to Granderson’s therapist, Martha Nesslinger, who was called to testify at the Aug. 19 motion hearing. According to the memorandum, Nesslinger testified that Kricken asked her if she had received information about any other inappropriate sexual encounters Granderson may have had and answered that she did not.

“The judge did not have this conversation with either party nor put the fact that the ex parte call occurred or the information learned in the call on the record,” Goetz wrote.

In his ruling, Perry wrote the court “examined every aspect of the matters leading up to sentencing” including “all testimony, victim impact statements and pleadings” as well as the ex parte communication. Based on the information examined by the court, the information gained from the ex parte communication was not damaging to the defendant.

“However, that fact simply does not matter,” he added.

Regardless of what information was gained, Perry wrote the communication “has cast a shadow over the sentencing proceedings and has the appearance of impropriety.”

Communication of this nature is “improper regardless — and even more so when instituted by the sitting judge,” he added.

The Laramie Boomerang reached out to Kricken’s office for comment, but a response was not received before press time Monday.

Due to the court’s findings, Granderson was granted relief via a motion to reduce sentencing under Federal Rule 35(b).

When making the determination, Perry wrote, he considered several factors, the foremost being Granderson being sentenced for two misdemeanors rather than a felony. Granderson has already served 43 days in the Albany County jail.

Perry also noted the rejected plea deal that was supported by the state, writing “mercy is never a vice.”

After reviewing the July sentencing, Perry modified the order of incarceration to suspend the sentence and place Granderson on one-year supervised probation. Granderson will also serve six months of probation concurrent to the year-long term for the second misdemeanor. The probation can be transferred to another state’s supervision, should the other state accept.

The former UW defensive end was signed to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent this summer. He is listed on the reserve/did not report list and missed the first three games of the preseason. The Saint’s first game of the regular season is September 9.

Granderson’s motion to withdraw his no contest pleas was denied. He will have to pay all court-ordered financial obligations before February.

Perry’s ruling also noted his concerns about a few transcripts from the Aug. 19 hearing that are under seal.

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Good thinking Boomerang: post a picture of a former athlete convicted of sexual assault wearing a UW jersey. That's great marketing right there.


I'm pretty positive that marketing for the University of Wyoming is not the responsibility of the Laramie Boomerang. Besides, Granderson AND the crimes he committed are directly tied to his affiliation with UW, like it or not. His victims were UW students and involved in UW athletics, as was he at the time he committed those crimes. The crimes were first reported to UW police. His victims had their remaining time as UW students and UW athletes negatively impacted by the trauma he inflicted upon them, and by the further, repeated harassment by other members of the UW Football team that they received in response to their reporting of his crimes, impeding their success as athletes and as UW students. His crimes while at UW were real, and had a real, severe impact on UW students, due at least in part to his relatively high status on the UW football team.

When I googled "Carl Granderson," the first results that came back were his bio on the official UW athletics website, followed by his draft profile on (which details all of his experience and accolades earned while playing football at UW). Then these were followed by news articles about his sexual assault conviction.

Quite Frankly, he's getting off pretty easy here, and he gets to move on and draw from his time at UW to further his athletic career in the NFL. I say that forever tying his time at UW with his sexual assault conviction isn't just ok, but a good thing, because the absolute very least that he deserves is to have his time and successes at UW also permanently marked by the crimes he committed during that time at UW. Every time he gets to discuss his success as a UW football player, he should also have to confront the reality that he also sexually assaulted two women as a UW football player.

I'm sure the overall UW brand will be able to survive this just fine. If the athletics department image takes a publicity hit, then, honestly oh well. They are a gigantic pit of wasted taxpayer dollars and aren't even particularly successful in the first place.


What a mess this is for everybody


Wow, first you have Kricken demonstrating why she should have never been made a judge to begin with and then enters Perry, the genius that presided over the the longest criminal jury trial in Albany County history, the Bohling charade, which resulted in a series of acquittals and reversals by the supreme court after he did his best to help the prosecution railroad an innocent man. Now we have a police puppet in the county attorney's office, and a cop's husband presiding over her cases. We certainly showed that it doesn't pay to challenge the real powers in this state. Is it any wonder the legal system in Wyoming is so poorly regarded? Does anyone else wonder if things have been going the wrong direction in the Albany County courthouse for the last 4 years?

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