Arizona basketball assistant sentenced to three months.
A judge has sentenced a former assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona to three months in prison and two years of supervised release for his role in a college hoops corruption scandal.
Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson received the sentence on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.
Richardson had pleaded guilty earlier this year to accepting $20,000 in bribes from an aspiring business manager intended for top recruits.
Prosecutors had asked for between 18 and 24 months for Richardson, but Judge Edgardo Ramos decided that the former Arizona assistant did not deserve that much.
‘I do think three months is appropriate,’ Ramos said, as quoted by SNY’s Adam Zagoria. I have no doubt he’s a person who has done a lot of good.’
A letter to the court from the University of Arizona said Richardson’s conduct had damaged the school’s reputation. It said the case could result in serious sanctions and penalties from the NCAA.
The 46-year-old Richardson and three other assistant basketball coaches at major programs were charged in 2017 with abusing the trust of NBA-bound players by accepting bribes to steer them to favored managers and financial advisers.
On Wednesday, Ramos sentenced former USC assistant coach Tony Bland to probation and 100 hours of community service after for accepting $4,100 in bribes.
Prosecutors were seeking up to a year in prison for Bland.
‘Further, their actions have prompted an NCAA investigation that may result in penalties. Lastly, USC was forced to expend significant amounts of money to investigate Mr. Bland’s conduct and to cooperate with the government as it has prosecuted this case.’