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Former UM football player pleads guilty to rape

Associated Press Modified: September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm •  Published: September 11, 2012

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former University of Montana football player pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an acquaintance as she slept on his couch after an evening of drinking two years ago.

Beau Donaldson, 22, pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent. Prosecutors have said they will recommend a 30-year prison term with 20 years suspended when he is sentenced on Nov. 13.

Donaldson's attorney, Milt Datsopoulos, said he does not believe prison is the place for his client.

"The victim is conflicted," and could ask for a more severe penalty, Deputy Missoula County Attorney Shaun Donovan told the Missoulian. "The victim has suffered an injury that no amount of punishing the defendant is going to fix."

Donaldson acknowledged the September 2010 assault during a monitored telephone conversation in December, court records said. He was suspended from the football team when the charge was filed in January. Datsopoulos says Donaldson is no longer a student at UM.

Donaldson played mostly on special teams last fall before being injured late in the season. The 2008 graduate of Missoula Big Sky High School missed the 2010 season with a leg injury.

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