Mookie Blaylock sentenced to 15 years for vehicular homicide

Former Atlanta Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the first degree on Monday. 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, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

That plea came on the day jury selection was to start, attorney Amanda Palmer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The negotiated deal, seven years in prison and eight on probation, allows for Blaylock’s prison sentence to be suspended after three years. The conditions for the suspension include 1,500 hours of community service and treatment for alcoholism, including twice weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. Additionally, he cannot drive until his probation is completed, Palmer said.

“He has admitted he has a problem with alcohol and he is getting treatment for that,” she said.

The toxicology screens showed no alcohol in Blaylock’s system at the time of the crash, Palmer said. 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. He had “several past DUI convictions,” Palmer said.

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

Of his 13 years in the NBA, Blaylock spent seven years with the Hawks.

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