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Ex-Sonic Dale Ellis Avoids Jail Time

March 29, 2002

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) _ Former NBA All-Star Dale Ellis avoided jail time Friday for domestic violence.

Bellevue District Court Judge Janet Garrow suspended a one-year jail sentence, contingent on Ellis having no new offenses and meeting other sentencing conditions.

He will be on probation for 24 months and is ordered not to contact his wife. The court also suspended all but $200 of a $5,000 fine, said Ketu Shah, a domestic violence prosecutor for King County.

Ellis also was ordered to attend a domestic-violence class, undergo alcohol evaluation and complete 10 hours of community service a month for one year.

His lawyer apologized for Ellis in court, and said he knows what he did was wrong and that he should be held accountable.

Ellis pleaded guilty in February to a charge of domestic-violence assault. He was arrested in January after his wife, Monique, told police he hit her during an argument at the couple’s home. Ellis had a previous conviction for assaulting his wife in 1989.

Ellis was third in the NBA league in scoring at 27.5 points per game in 1988-89. He averaged 15.7 points during a 16-year pro career.

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