Tyson Released From Maryland Jail
May. 24, 1999
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A beaming Mike Tyson walked out of a suburban Maryland jail Monday after serving less than a quarter of his one-year sentence for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender.
``His release was long overdue, as far as I'm concerned,'' his attorney, Paul Kemp, said.
Tyson left the Rockville, Md., jail where he spent the past 3 1/2 months wearing a white T-shirt, gray sweatpants and prison-issue sandals.
The former heavyweight champion smiled but said nothing to reporters outside the jail. Tyson and a friend got into a car where his wife, Monica, waited to take him home to change clothes before meeting with his Maryland probation officer.
Tyson's release came hours after an Indiana judge announced her decision to end Tyson's probation for a 1992 rape conviction. The Maryland Parole Commission voted 5-1 on Friday to grant Tyson's release, but Indiana authorities needed to approve the decision before Tyson could go home.
Tyson will be on parole until February, said Leonard A. Sipes, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He also must meet certain probation conditions _ including 200 hours of community service _ during the next two years.
Tyson will be subject to urine testing at least twice a week and unannounced home visits by state authorities, Sipes said. He must also receive permission before leaving Maryland, complete a psychiatric evaluation and undergo anger management treatment.
Shelley Finkel, Tyson's manager, said he will ``have to sit down and talk with Mike about his boxing plans.''
Asked if he thought Tyson might fight this year, Finkel said, ``I haven't seen any reason for him not to.''
But Kemp, the boxer's attorney, said Tyson's first priority is to ``try and relax and be with his family.''
``That's all that he's been looking forward to for the past 3 1/2 months,'' Kemp said. ``Careerwise, there's talk about trying to resume his career _ that is to think about tomorrow.''
Tyson has three fights remaining on a deal with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and at least three more fights with Showtime, the cable channel.
The 32-year-old boxer last fought Jan. 16 and was behind on all three cards before he knocked out Francois Botha in the fifth round at Las Vegas. That fight was Tyson's first after getting back his boxing license. Nevada boxing authorities revoked the license on Oct. 19 after Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ears on June 28, 1997.
Tyson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a minor traffic accident in suburban Gaithersburg, Md. He was sentenced on Feb. 5 to one year in a Montgomery County jail, but another 60 days were added as punishment for violating probation on his rape conviction.
In her ruling, Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford of Marion County, Ind., said the jail time Tyson had served in Maryland satisfied the penalty he incurred for violating terms of his Indiana probation.