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Walker Gets Jail Sentence; But Headed To Japan

August 15, 1996

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ A judge gave former Kentucky basketball star Kenny Walker a seven-day jail sentence, but agreed to allow Walker to serve the time when he returns from playing professional basketball in Japan.

Walker, 31, pleaded guilty earlier this year to menacing his wife. He will begin serving the sentence April 4, 1997, after he returns from a stint with the basketball team of Isuzu Motors Ltd., said his attorney, William C. Rambicure.

Walker was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 2 after his wife, Rosiland Walker, told Lexington police her husband choked and threatened her.

Walker denied the allegation, but pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to menacing, a lesser charge that means causing fear of physical injury. He agreed to undergo counseling on the condition that the charge would be dropped after he finished.

In the midst of that counseling, Walker received a contract offer from the Isuzu basketball team that required him to leave for Japan by today, Rambicure said.

Walker sought to delay the counseling temporarily with the promise that he would resume after he returned from Japan, Rambicure said. But the counseling center would not agree.

Fayette District Judge Kevin Horne said he could not order the center to cooperate with Walker, and imposed the seven-day sentence along with the eight-month delay, Rambicure said.

In the meantime, Walker will begin serving two years probation, and if he commits another crime during that period he could be jailed for at least 83 more days, said Kathy Stein, head of domestic violence prosecution for the Fayette County attorney’s office.

``This is nothing I’m trying to get out of,″ said Walker, who’d been attending a Saturday domestic violence group. ``I’m more than willing to go ahead and go on in the program. If they’re not willing to take me back in the program, I’m willing to do whatever I’ve got to do to get on with my life.″

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