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Ex-University of San Diego basketball coach sentenced for bribery

April 04, 2013|By Tony Perry

SAN DIEGO -- A former assistant basketball coach at the University of San Diego was sentenced Thursday to a year in federal prison for his role in a sports bribery conspiracy.

Thaddeus Brown pleaded guilty to being the middleman between gamblers and a star player. Prosecutors said he received $10,000 a game for three or four games during the 2009-10 season.

Brown allegedly induced former star Brandon Johnson, the school's all-time leading scorer, to take bribes so that gamblers could win bets in Las Vegas.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia sentenced Brown to a year in custody and three years' probation. Last month Battaglia sentenced Johnson to six months in custody and a year's probation.

Eight of 10 people indicted in the scheme have pleaded guilty, officials said.

Steve Goria, who admitted making $120,000 by betting on a game between San Diego and Loyola-Marymount in 2010, was sentenced to 2½ years, the longest of any defendant. Oddsmakers had favored San Diego to win the game, but the Toreros lost after blowing a lead.

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tony.perry@latimes.com

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