Two in prison in
NBA gambling scandal
two co-defendants in the NBA gambling scandal involving referee
Timothy Donaghy were sentenced to prison time today. For their
involvement in the NBA betting scheme, James Battista, 42, was
sentenced to 15 months in prison and Thomas Martino, 42, got a
year and a day in federal prison, despite the please for leaner
sentences. Defense attorneys for both men had argued that
probation or house arrest would be best sentence, but federal
Judge Carol B. Amon was unmoved and sent both of them to prison.
According to the prosecutors, Tim Donaghy banked about $30,000
per year from his accomplices for providing tips on the NBA
games he was to oversee during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His
sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday with guidelines suggesting
up to 33 months in prison.
"I made bad choices and take full
responsibility. I want to apologize to my wife, my children and
my family," Battista said after the sentencing. "I am
very sorry it took an event of this nature to wake me up,"