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Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson pleads guilty to drug

by admin on Пятница, Ноябрь 5th, 2010

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.


Tyson quietly acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale on Dec. 29.

He pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanour DUI count and faces up to four years and three months in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19. A felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a second misdemeanour DUI charge were dropped, according to the terms of a plea agreement.


Defence lawyer David Chesnoff said Tyson has been clean and sober for eight months.

«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 said they found bags of cocaine in Tyson’s pocket and in his car.

Since his arrest, Tyson checked himself into an in-patient treatment program for what his lawyer called «various addictions.» Defence lawyer David Chesnoff had said previously that he had try to keep the boxer out of prison.

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 court documents. He also told police that he used marijuana that day and was taking the antidepressant Zoloft, the documents state.

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.
Tyson quietly acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale on Dec. 29.


He pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanour DUI count and faces up to four years and three months in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19. A felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a second misdemeanour DUI charge were dropped, according to the terms of a plea agreement.
Defence lawyer David Chesnoff said Tyson has been clean and sober for eight months.
«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 said they found bags of cocaine in Tyson’s pocket and in his car.
Since his arrest, Tyson checked himself into an in-patient treatment program for what his lawyer called «various addictions.» Defence lawyer David Chesnoff had said previously that he had try to keep the boxer out of prison.
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 court documents. He also told police that he used marijuana that day and was taking the antidepressant Zoloft, the documents state.

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