March 3, 2013
Brandon Johnson, the all-time leading scorer in University of San Diego history, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday for his involvement in his game-fixing scheme during his playing career.
According to the Union-Tribune, Johnson, who was indicted in April 2011 and is now the fifth defendant in this case to be sentenced, while three others entered guilty pleas.
"I just feel like things could have turned out differently, but there's cause and effect to everything," Johnson said outside the courthouse on Friday. "I apologize to the fans and the school and everybody else that had faith in me."
According to the report Johnson, the former 6-foot standout guard for the Toreros, fixed four games during his senior season in 2009-2010 and even attempted to convince a teammate to join in on it. The government wanted to give him a year.
Johnson admitted only to recruiting a teammate but remains adamant he never fixed any games. His attorney recommended probation without incarceration, suggesting 1,000 hours of community service instead.
Mark Zeigler of the Union-Tribune, went onto report that the sentencing included transcripts of phone conversations about fixing schemes between Johnson and former USD assistant coach T.J. Brown, who was allegedly connected to the bettors. They also referenced a conversation Johnson had when he was in the NBA Developmental League in Feb. 2011, mentioning game-fixing.
Johnson is San Diego's all-time leading scorer, with 1,790 career points. He scored 18 points in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament, helping lift No. 13 San Diego over No. 4 UConn 70-69 in overtime.
Johnson reports to prison May 31.
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