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Judge gives 15 months to gambling NBA ref

Judge gives 15 months to gambling NBA ref US District Court Judge Carol Amon handed down a 15-month sentence to the infamous NBA gambling referee Tim Donaghy. The ref was found guilty of betting on NBA games he officiated, as well as providing his gambling accomplices with sensitive game information. "I brought shame on myself and my family," Donaghy said after he was sentenced to 15 months behind bars, including three months probation.

 Tim Donaghy's two gambling buddies, James Battista and Thomas Martino, were sentenced to 15 and 12 months respectively earlier this month. Donaghy began betting on NBA games in 2003 and began passing on inside information in 2006 to Battista and Martino, both former high-school classmates of the NBA referee. Tim Donaghy was facing a maximum sentence of 33 months for betting on the games he officiated and passing the information to his gambling accomplices.

 Published on 07/30/2008

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