|Monday, November 4
Former college basketball players get four years
CLEVELAND -- Two former college basketball players were each sentenced to four years in prison Monday for robbing Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia at gunpoint last spring.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph D. Russo sentenced Damon Stringer, 25, and Jamaal Harris, 23, on their guilty pleas to aggravated robbery with a gun. Harris also pleaded guilty to robbery.
The two had been teammates at Cleveland State University.
Sabathia, 22, and his cousin were robbed before dawn May 17 at a Marriott hotel downtown, where they attended a party with several people they met earlier in the evening.
Sabathia was robbed of $44,102 in cash and jewelry, including a necklace and earrings. No one was injured.
In exchange for their guilty pleas, prosecutors dropped kidnapping charges against the men.
Stringer and Harris were pursuing professional basketball careers in Europe before the holdup.
Stringer also played basketball at Ohio State but left the Buckeyes because of legal troubles. He was selected Ohio Mr. Basketball in 1995 and led the Buckeyes in scoring his two seasons there.
Harris was a fifth-year senior last season at Cleveland State. He and Stringer were teammates at Cleveland Heights High School.