Former pro football player charged with murder pleads guilty

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UPDATE: (3/19/19) In a plea deal, the former professional football player charged with the death of his wife pleaded guilty Monday in 3rd District Court. 

According to court records, Anthony Darnel McClanahan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Keri Colleen McClanahan. 

In return for the guilty plea, the state agreed to amend the dangerous weapon enhancement as well as the domestic violence enhancement. Also, a charge of child kidnapping from Arizona will be dismissed. 

McClanahan was charged in Maricopa County with kidnapping his 8-year-old son and bringing him to Utah just before killing his wife.

McClanahan faces 15 years to life when sentenced April 29.


PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -Charges were filed Monday against a former Pro Football player after his wife was found dead in Park City.

Anthony Darnel McClanahan, 46, is charged with Criminal Homicide and Murder. Documents say his wife Keri Colleen “KC” McClanahan was murdered on the night of November 1st in Park City.

The victim’s sister, Heather Gauf, says KC was the victim of domestic violence.

“You never think someone’s going to kill you. You never think your sister’s gonna get murdered. I knew he was capable of hurting her — he already had,” said Gauf.

Gauf says KC had been verbally and physically abused by McClanahan in recent months.

“She just didn’t want to be with him anymore, which is why he did this,” said Gauf.

“I’m still in shock. I’m still in disbelief,” said Gauf.

It was either the night of Nov. 1 or the morning of Nov. 2 that the murder happened, according to the charging documents.

McClanahan waved down police around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 2 — he was bleeding and acting strangely. He told police he and his wife had been attacked by two or three men.

But according to prosecutors, he was the murderer.

KC was found with “carpet burns on her body” inside the hotel room.

KC “put up a significant struggle before her death,” documents show.

“What I want now is justice for her,” said Gauf.

The Summit County Attorney’s Office is asking for no bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 20th at 8:30 a.m.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help KC’s family:

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