Mookie Blaylock sentenced to 15 years in prison, will likely serve 3

mookie-blaylock-hawks-homegameFormer NBA guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Blaylock pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the first degree. Accepting the terms of a plea deal, he will serve three years of a 15-year sentence for killing a mother of five, Monica Murphy, on May 31, 2013.

The negotiated deal, seven years in prison and eight on probation, allows for Blaylock’s prison sentence to be suspended after three years.

Amanda Palmer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the conditions for the suspension include 1,500 hours of community service and treatment for alcoholism, including twice weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

Additionally, Blaylock cannot drive until his probation is completed.

“He has admitted he has a problem with alcohol and he is getting treatment for that,” she said, although added that the test showed no alcohol in Blaylock’s system at the time of the crash.

“The reckless driving, vehicular homicide charges arose because doctors had told him not to drive because he was prone to seizures attributed to alcoholism,” she said.

Blaylock was arrested on a DUI charge one month before the crash.

Blaylock, 47, was injured and on life support after the crash. His lawyers said that the accident was the result of a medical condition.

Blaylock, known for his defensive prowess during a 13-year NBA career that ended in 2002, knew he should not have been driving due to a seizure disorder when his SUV crossed the center line and collided with a minivan outside Atlanta in May 2013, according to official reports.

Monica Murphy, a mother of five who was a passenger in the other vehicle, died of her injuries hours after the accident. Blaylock was in critical condition after the crash, but managed to survive.

At the time of the crash, he faced an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on drug possession and drunken-driving charges in a nearby county, according to police reports.

Blaylock was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets out of Oklahoma in 1989. He played for the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors during his NBA career. As a basketball player, Blaylock’s ability to shut down opposing players twice earned him a place on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team, and he was an NBA All-Star in 1994.

He played 889 NBA games, starting in 880 of them. A two-time, first-team pick to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team, Blaylock finished with career averages of 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game.


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