Date of birth: (1961-12-19) December 19, 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Career information
Position(s): Defensive back
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 5 / Pick: 122
Playing stats at

Raphel Jerome Cherry (born December 19, 1961 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. He played college football at the University of Hawaii.

In 1999, Cherry was convicted of first degree murder in the death of his wife. He was initially sentenced to life imprisonment,[1] but upon appeal of his conviction, his sentenced was reduced to 30 years. Cherry's estimated release date is January 9, 2020.[2]

Raphel Cherry
Born (1961-12-19) December 19, 1961 (age 59)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Conviction(s)Murder - First Degree (Arkansas)
PenaltyLife imprisonment, reduced to 360 months imprisonment upon appeal
StatusIncarcerated at the Cummins Unit near Pine Bluff, Arkansas
SpouseJerri Cherry (Deceased)
Children1 daughter


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