09-24-2007, 05:27 PM #1
Mike Tyson could get 4 years, 3 months after guilty plea
MESA, Ariz. -- Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty Monday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub.
In a hushed voice, Tyson, 41, told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Helene F. Abrams that he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when officers stopped him for driving erratically Dec. 29 in Scottsdale.
"I had possession of cocaine, and I drove under the influence," he told the judge, his voice barely audible.
Tyson pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor DUI count. A felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a second misdemeanor DUI charge were dropped, according to the terms of a plea agreement.
Tyson faces a maximum of four years and three months in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19.
The former champion walked out of the courtroom flanked by his lawyers and got into a black SUV. He did not stop to answer questions.
Defense lawyer David Chesnoff said Tyson has been clean and sober for eight months and has been talking to community groups about his own drug problems.
"It's obvious this was a crime he was committing against himself," Chesnoff said.
Police stopped Tyson after the boxer had spent the evening at Scottsdale's Pussycat Lounge. An officer said he saw Tyson wiping a white substance off the dashboard of his black BMW, and that his speech was slurred. Authorities found bags of cocaine in Tyson's pocket and in his car.
Tyson told officers later that he used cocaine "whenever I can get my hands on it," and that he preferred to smoke it in Marlboro cigarettes with the tobacco pulled out.
According to a court document, Tyson admitted to being an addict.
Tyson also told police that he used marijuana that day and was taking the antidepressant Zoloft.
Since his arrest, Tyson checked himself into an inpatient treatment program for what his lawyer called "various addictions." Chesnoff had said previously that he'd try to keep the boxer out of prison.
"You never know," Chesnoff said. "If there had been more people interested in his well-being and health along the way, we wouldn't be here now."
County Attorney Andrew Thomas said earlier this year that Tyson should be put behind bars if convicted, noting that Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland in 1999.
"He has run out of second chances, at least in my book," Thomas said then.
In 1986, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when, at 20, he knocked out Trevor Berbick. He lost his title four years later when he was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas. By 1997, Tyson's career hit a low point when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.
Tyson recently had been trying to revive his career with a series of four-round boxing exhibitions.
09-24-2007, 05:57 PM #2
Re: Mike Tyson could get 4 years, 3 months after guilty plea
I live in Arizona, and I am going to guess that he will probably see at least some jail time because Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been cracking down hard on DUI/Drug charges with his "Expect The Max" saying. A friend of mine who is a female is doing 4 months right now for her 2nd DUI. HaHa and she is deff. not the type of person you would think to be in jail. So with these charges against him, him pleading guilty and with his criminal past, he should deff. see some jail time. Funny thing about that article is that is says he has been fighting 4 round exhibition fights to try to get his boxing career going again. DUDE! you are done boxing!!
Maybe he will throw Tyson in tent city, ive been there before, NOT FUN! try wearing pink underwear and socks AND being outside sleeping in tents IN ARIZONA!
Dont believe me about this guy? check out the pic below.`
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