ESPN reports that Tim Donaghy has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for providing inside tips to gamblers wagering on NBA games.
It’s the same term Donaghy’s buddy James Battista received last week for placing bets on games based on Tim’s illegal tips.
The ex-ref is somewhat fortunate, as he could have faced up to 33 months behind bars. But NEWSDAY follows up that the ruling by Federal Judge Carol Amon “took into account Donaghy’s cooperation in the investigation.”
Amon also ruled that Donaghy, Battista & Thomas Menino were held liable for $217,000 in restitution to the NBA over the gambling scandal. However, it hasn’t yet been determined who will owe how much. Still, it’s better than the $1.4 million the league originally wanted.
In addition to the prison term, Donaghy was also sentenced to a three-year term of supervised release, “on the condition that he receive mental health treatment for his gambling addiction.”
Donaghy’ attorney asked that his client be sent to a federal prison camp in Florida, so that the ex-ref could be closer to his family. But has anyone asked Tim’s family how they would feel about that?
Gee, we didn’t know convicts could request to be sent to the jail of their choice. While you’re at it, why not ask to be sent to a women’s prison - like the ones seen in those late-night erotic thrillers on Cinemax.