Gambling NBA Ref Gets Early Release After Mob Beating

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2009 1:21 PM CDT
Tim Donaghy on the court.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The NBA ref imprisoned for betting on games will finish his 15-month sentence in a halfway house, the Tampa Tribune reports; he’ll be released Wednesday. A press release from a “prisoner advocacy group” said Donaghy is being sprung early because he “was injured during an assault in November of 2008. During the assault, another inmate claiming ties to the New York mob beat Donaghy with a heavy object.”