Tyson PLEADS GUILTY
County Attorney’s Office Will Seek Prison Time
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has pled guilty in connection with a December, 2006 drug and DUI case, County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today. Tyson has pleaded guilty to Possession or Use of Narcotic Drugs, a class four felony, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs, a class one misdemeanor. He faces a maximum of 4.25 years behind bars when he is sentenced November 19th in Judge Helene Abram’s court.
Last December, Tyson was arrested after leaving a Scottsdale nightclub. Tyson was pulled over after he was observed driving erratically and failing to stop at an intersection, nearly colliding with a sheriff’s office vehicle in the process. Tyson was given a field sobriety test, during which he failed to follow instructions and displayed poor coordination and a lack of balance. A search of his vehicle turned up three bags of cocaine. During questioning, Tyson admitted to using Zoloft, marijuana, and cocaine and said that he was addicted to cocaine.
Due to Tyson’s previous convictions for violent offenses, he is ineligible for Arizona’s mandatory drug treatment program for first- and second-time non-violent drug offenders. Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992. In 1998, Tyson pled no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland.
"It is a shame that this defendant once again has come into contact with the criminal justice system," said County Attorney Andrew Thomas. “But our laws apply to everyone. Mike Tyson is a repeat offender with a violent past. I believe only a prison sentence will send the right message and properly protect the public.”
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