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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – Former NFL tight end Kevin Ware Jr. pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges in Texas, but still faces separate charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend.

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Ware accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, KPRC reported. The deal was announced the same day Ware’s trial was scheduled to begin on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to deliver/manufacture a controlled substance.

Ware was charged with drug and weapons offenses after he was pulled over for speeding 115 mph in April 2021, KTRK reported. When a deputy searched Ware’s vehicle, he found a loaded AK-47 along with other guns and drugs.

Former NFL player Kevin Ware Jr. indicted on murder charge

In a separate case, Ware was charged with murder for the death of his girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski, whose remains were found in a ditch last December. Detectives said Pomaski was stabbed, beaten and strangled, and her body was tampered with after her death, CNN reported.

Court documents obtained by KPRC allege Ware “cut (Pomaski) with a knife, hit her with a blunt object, strangled her and then burned her corpse.”

Ware’s career in the NFL lasted two seasons, and he played for both Washington and San Francisco.