August 16, 2010 by staff
Nicole Bobek, NJ – AP- Former figure skating champion U.S. Nicole Bobek was ordered to spend five years on probation for his role in a methamphetamine ring, New Jersey, a statement that said he would give me a chance to get your life back on track.
“Nothing but positive things can come out of this,” Bobek said outside the courtroom in Jersey City, where he was sentenced on Monday. “It was a long 1 1 / 2 years. I’m looking to get back on the ice.”
The 32-year-old, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to distribute crystal methamphetamine. She was among 28 people indicted last year for leading a network that allegedly distributed and 10 000 worth of methamphetamine a week.
The group’s alleged leader, Eduardo Cruz Jr. was sentenced last week to 16 years in prison.
Bobek, accompanied by her mother, asked her probation to serve near the family’s Jupiter, Fla., home. She was also ordered to serve 250 hours of community service and pay a fine and 2500, plus additional court costs.
Bobek won the title of U.S. Figure Skating in 1995. But its disappointing seventeenth place in the 1998 Winter Olympics had a psychological effect on her, according to his lawyer, Sam DeLuca. Bobek had been skating since age 3, forgoing the high school and home education, even for the harsh world, the closure of training, DeLuca said.
“This is a young girl whose star was shining … and when the star was extinguished, when the star began to fade, I was not prepared,” said DeLuca. Then he fell into a “sordid” of drug addiction and bad influences, he said.
Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Ledoux called for a sentence of one year in jail, saying Bobek was not an innocent victim and was not a minor player in the drug ring.
Bobek, wearing a black and white with blonde hair in a French twist, drowned as he talked about how he felt when he heard his sentence, the judge saying he was off drugs, maintain a job and teach children in the Games Special Olympics.
“I think I can help others. I plan to change my life and do something with it,” he said.
Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan said he had received letters on behalf of former Olympians Bobek, including JoJo Starbuck, and musicians and even rock n roll did not name.
Bobek Callahan said he was in a dangerous crossroads and that a single violation of probation or drug test could not be jailed for at least five years.
(This version corrects an appointment to ‘whose star shone, instead of “whose on.)
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