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Ex-Hoop Star Wingfield Arrested

September 9, 1999

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Former University of Cincinnati basketball star Dontonio Wingfield was arrested Thursday after failing to appear in court earlier this week for sentencing on charges of assaulting two suburban police officers.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge David Davis issued an arrest warrant for the 25-year-old Wingfield on Tuesday. It was the second time Davis had done that.

In April, Davis ordered Wingfield arrested when he failed to show up for a court appearance. Wingfield arrived a week late, but Davis threw out the arrest warrant.

This time the judge wasn’t so lenient. When Wingfield showed up Thursday, he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and taken to jail. He was scheduled to be back in Davis’ court Friday to be sentenced.

Wingfield, a native of Albany, Ga., played for the University of Cincinnati in the 1993-94 season. He left after his freshman year and played for the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers. Portland released him last year.

Wingfield originally was charged with felonious assault on a police officer _ with a possible punishment of up to 10 years and a $20,000 fine _ but reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on the lesser offense.

In August 1998, Wingfield became involved in a dispute with girlfriend Christina Cornett at her apartment. Police said Wingfield was verbally abusive, resisted arrest, and broke a finger and tore tendons of one officer.

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