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Morrison Gets Fine, 30 Days in Jail

February 11, 2000

HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison has agreed to plead guilty in an Arkansas court to misdemeanor marijuana and public intoxication charges, a prosecutor said today.

Morrison, who is serving a two-year sentence at an Arkansas Corrections Department facility in Texarkana, did not appear in court for a hearing scheduled Thursday in Huntsville, Prosecutor Bill Allred said.

But Allred said he and Morrison’s attorney, Rusty Hudson of Fayetteville, reached an agreement in the case. Paperwork to make the agreement final is expected to be filed for the judge’s approval ``within the next week or so,″ Allred said.

Allred said Morrison agreed to pay a $500 fine for possession of marijuana and a $100 fine for public intoxication in exchange for his guilty pleas to both counts. Any jail time that might be levied would run concurrently with the prison time Morrison is serving, Allred said.

The charges stem from his Thanksgiving Day arrest near Huntsville after he ran from a traffic accident. He was a passenger in a car driven by Bart Bumpass. Bumpass was arrested and charged with possession of drugs, possession of firearms and driving while intoxicated.

Morrison, who is formerly from Jay, Okla., has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past few years. He was sent to prison last month after pleading guilty to drug and traffic charges filed in September in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office plans to try to extradite Morrison to Oklahoma and has asked the court to revoke a suspended sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Morrison became the World Boxing Organization’s heavyweight champion in 1993 by defeating George Foreman. He had 40 knockouts during his career, the last in 1996 _ just after testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

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