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Indiana Planning No Red Carpet For Celebrity Convict With PM-Tyson Trial, Bjt

February 12, 1992

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Mike Tyson may have access to weights and punching bags if he goes to prison, but don’t expect any professional bouts to take place behind bars.

″At this point there’s nothing to allow him to do that either in prison or to allow him to leave prison to go to a fight,″ said Kevin Moore, an executive assistant to Department of Correction commissioner James Aiken.

Moore said the 25-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion would receive no special treatment just because he is a celebrity.

Tyson was convicted Monday of raping a Miss Black America contestant July 19. A jury found him guilty of one count of rape and two counts of criminal deviate conduct. His lawyers have hinted they would appeal.

Each count carries up to 20 years in prison. But Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Gifford of Marion County could suspend all or part of his sentence because he has no prior convictions.

Tyson, who remains free on $30,000 bail, will be sentenced March 6.

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