Former Rice footballer sentenced to 12 years for death of teammate

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By Viola Hsia 03/01/22 10:46 PM

Former Rice footballer Stuart Mouchantaf was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for his role in the death of his former teammate, death of his former teammate, Blain Padget. Her decision States that Mouchantaf must serve three months of probation at the end of his sentence.

Mouchantaf (Hanszen College ’16), who originally pleaded guilty on February 20, 2020, gave Padgett the drug carfentanil, which resulted in Padgett’s death from an accidental overdose.

According to a KRPC article, Padgett bought the pills from Mouchantaf thinking the pills contained hydrocodone. However, the pills were counterfeit and actually contained carfentanil.



Following Mouchantaf’s guilty plea, undergraduate dean Bridget Gorman said in a 2018 Thresher article that the Rice community will continue to remember Padgett during this tragic situation.

“Blain’s friends and everyone who knew him well here at Rice still misses him terribly,” Gorman said. “We wish peace and comfort to his family, who remain in the forefront of our thoughts.”

Padgett, a 21-year-old Lovett College junior at the time, and Mouchantaf were defensive linemen on Rice’s football team. Padgett was found dead in his apartment in March 2018, following a drug exchange.

Mouchantaf appeared in court last week before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. In his address to the court, he said his heart aches because of the pain the Padgett family has to live with, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“I am consumed with remorse for the loss of your son,” Mouchantaf said.

Mouchantaf, 27, is currently in police custody awaiting transfer to the US Bureau of Prisons.

Doug Miller, director of news and media relations at Rice, declined to comment.


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