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Ex-UA coach Book Richardson released from prison after serving bribery sentence

TUCSON – The former University of Arizona men’s basketball program assistant coach who was convicted in connection to a college basketball corruption case was released from prison on Tuesday, according to his attorney.

Back in 2017, Emanuel “Book” Richardson was taken into custody for allegedly accepting $20,000 in bribes to help push current Arizona players to hire aspiring agent, Christian Dawkins. After he was formerly fired in January, Richardson pleaded guilty to one count of federal funds bribery.

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The former assistant coach was sentenced in June to spend three months in a minimum-security satellite camp in Otisville, NY.

According to court documents, Richardson will now serve two years of probation.

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