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MESA, Ariz. -- Mike Tyson was sentenced Monday to 24 hours in jail and three years' probation for drug possession and driving under the influence.

The former heavyweight champion had pleaded guilty in September to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor DUI count.

"I take responsibility for my actions,'' Tyson told Superior Court Judge Helene Abrams in an almost inaudible voice before she handed down the sentence.

Tyson, who will begin serving his jail time Tuesday morning, left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.

Tyson had faced a possible maximum sentence of four years and three months in prison. Prosecutor Shane Krausner had recommended one year in prison Monday, saying that Tyson was a multiple offender who previously had been convicted of a violent crime and that only now has he sought treatment for his drug addiction.

"Judge, by my calculations, this is his fourth or fifth chance,'' Krausner said.

The latest charges stemmed from a traffic stop in Scottsdale on Dec. 29 after the boxer had spent the evening at Scottsdale's Pussycat Lounge and was seen driving erratically. An officer said he saw Tyson wiping a white substance off the dashboard of his black BMW, and that his speech was slurred.

Authorities said they found bags of cocaine in Tyson's pocket and in his car.

Tyson told officers later that he used cocaine "whenever I can get my hands on it,'' and that he preferred to smoke it in Marlboro cigarettes with the tobacco pulled out, according to court documents. He also told police that he used marijuana that day and was taking the antidepressant Zoloft, the documents state.

Since his arrest, Tyson checked himself into an inpatient treatment program for what his lawyer called "various addictions.''

Tyson attorney David Chesnoff said his client had taken 29 drug tests without a relapse since his arrest and that he's attended Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Two of Tyson's former wives also wrote letters to the court asking for leniency.

Abrams said Monday that she was impressed that Tyson was seeking therapy for his drug addiction. "You worked to address your addiction and self-destructive behavior,'' Abrams said.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas had said after the plea was entered that Tyson should be put in prison, noting that Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland in 1999.

In 1986, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when, at 20, he knocked out Trevor Berbick. He lost his title four years later when he was knocked out by James "Buster'' Douglas. By 1997, Tyson's career hit a low point when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.

Tyson, 41, recently had been trying to revive his career with a series of boxing exhibitions
 

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It's nice to hear mike is getting help with the addiction. I was surpised at the short sentence though. I hope he gets his life straightened out.
 

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I dont think he'll land on his feet, same old Mike Tyson im afraid. I feel sorry for the guy, because i do believe with the right people around him he'd have been a good guy, but hes past the point where he can be changed now IMO.
 

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Surprised but pleased that two of his ex wives wrote the udge asking for leniency. I'lll bet gold digger Robn Givens wasnt one she sure caused a hell of a lot of Mike's problems he idolised her. Hope he can get straightened out
 

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24 hours in jail.......lol


WTF is the point of that? :confused:
 

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WTF!?!?!?!?!? HE DESERVES WAY MORE THAN THAT! HE WAS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, ALMOST HIT A COP, AND HAD HEROINE OR COCAINE OR WHAT EVER, AND HE WAS TRYING TO HIDE IT. THE JUDGE SHOULD BE SHOT. He's not fit for society. He has kids, is out partying and doing drugs, and he admited he isn't a good father. Put his ass back in jail where it belongs. He will never learn his lesson which is obvious, and he isn't that polite either. Of course he can be when its needed, other than that he disrespectful and rude. The judge should be shot...damn idiot.
 

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I guess it pays to be a celebrity.
 

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BigDigga said:
hey, it's been proven that a celebrity can get away with murder. a glass of oj anyone? or how about we catch a rerun of beretta?;)
True but funny
 

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Cris Rock said that he wouldnt let MJ watch his kids on tv. And I feel the same way.
 

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as in the gloved one? i don't care how famous a person is i'm not going to leave my kids with them. he always struck me as a strange person. some parents need to be shot....seriously.
He payed the one mother to do it. I think it was like a few thousand, and she didn't know at the time, just thought it was REALLY weird.
 

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He payed the one mother to do it. I think it was like a few thousand, and she didn't know at the time, just thought it was REALLY weird.
The boy is letting other boys sleep with him. Thats weird enough.
 

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BigDigga said:
that's why she needs to be shot;)
In the head just for thinking so damn stupidly.
 

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Personally. I dont have a problem with what OJ did, whether he did it or not, His wife commented adultery which is a sin under gods name. She had it coming imo. You dont cheat on your husband or wife. Its just wrong.
 

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Personally. I dont have a problem with what OJ did, whether he did it or not, His wife commented adultery which is a sin under gods name. She had it coming imo. You dont cheat on your husband or wife. Its just wrong.
Truthfully I dont think that OJ did it. But theres no doubt in my mind that he knows who did it and he set it up to be done. I do believe that.
 
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