Barkley Leaves Jail

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 9, 2009 12:05 PM CDT
Charles Barkley, right, apologized on TNT for his DUI arrest.   (Business Wire)
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(Newser) – Former NBA star Charles Barkley was released from jail this morning after serving a three-day sentence in Phoenix on a drunken-driving conviction. He began his sentence Saturday morning, and spent about 36 hours in jail after getting 12 hours of work release yesterday and today. He was housed in a separate tent from the other inmates for his safety, and meals were brought to him.

The 46-year-old Barkley pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from a Dec. 31 arrest in which he failed a field-sobriety test after leaving a Scottsdale nightclub. A judge reduced Barkley's original 10-day sentence to three days, provided that he completes an alcohol-treatment program. (Read more Charles Barkley stories.)