Mike Tyson
Tyson gets jail time, fines

Tyson shown here during court appearance with a team of psychologist who acknowledged Tyson's need of psychotherapy.
(1998) Mike Tyson and wife, Dr. Monica Turner Tyson appear before the Nevada boxing commission in 1998. This after the Aug. 31 incident in Gaithersburg, Md. The appears before the commission stemed from the Holyfield ear biting incident.
    Photo UPI jr/rw/Jim Ruymen

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 5 (UPI) _ A judge sentenced former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to two years in jail on two counts of misdemeanor assault stemming from an attack on two men following a traffic accident in Gaithersburg, Md., last year, a ruling that could end the controversial boxer's career.

Tyson is on probation from his 1992 rape conviction in Indiana. Because of his legal history, prosecutors asked that Tyson be jailed, and today District Court Judge Stephen Johnson agreed.

Johnson sentenced Tyson to two years in jail, but one year was suspended. Tyson was also ordered to provide 200 hours of community service and fined $5,000 in addition to court costs.

The jail time will be served locally at Montgomery County Detention Center so Tyson can be near his family in Potomac, Md.

Maryland State's Attorney Doug Gansler said after the sentencing that Tyson could be eligible for early release after six to seven months.

Tyson allegedly punched and kicked two men following a minor traffic accident in Gaithersburg, Md., on Aug. 31, 1998. Tyson eventually reached an out-of-court settlement with the two men.

Despite their request that Tyson serve no jail time, Gansler said, "Our office felt that, based on his history and propensity for violence and the fact that he has admitted his violent nature, we felt it was in the best interest of the public to order jail time."

Gansler said he did not know if authorities in Indiana would ask that Tyson serve additional prison time for parole violation.

Also at issue is Tyson's license to box. That license was suspended after he twice bit Evander Holyfield and was disqualified during a heavyweight title bout in 1997. Tyson was re-instated by the Nevada Athletic Commission late last year and scored a fifth-round knockout of Francois Botha on Jan. 16 in his return to the ring.


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