Tyson In Solitary Confinement

Mike Tyson was ordered Wednesday to remain in solitary confinement for 20 more days after throwing a television in a recreation room at the Montgomery County jail.

Tyson has been in administrative segregation since last Friday and won't return to the regular jail population until mid-March.

Tyson also lost phone and visiting privileges and will not be allowed to participate in group activities at the facility. He will be in an isolated environment for 23 hours a day.

Tyson faced accusations of disorderly conduct, destroying property and assaulting a correctional officer who was allegedly struck with shards of plastic from the television.

Tyson has not had contact with the other inmates since Friday, when he was placed in solitary confinement after his alleged outburst. Before then, he had begun a one-year sentence in a cell among the jail's regular population of inmates who are awaiting trial or serving sentences of 18 months or less.

Tyson was sentenced Feb. 5 after pleading no contest to charges he assaulted two men following a minor traffic accident last August but has until March 7 to appeal the sentence. Tyson's lawyer Paul Kemp said he would decide on the appeal by the end of the week.

Mike Tyson is given 20 more days in solitary confinement.
Mike Tyson is given 20 more days in solitary confinement. (AP)

Kemp said Tyson's alleged outburst occurred after jail officials began withholding his daily dose of Zoloft. Tyson received no medication Thursday or Friday, Kemp said.

The jail psychiatrist won't give medication to inmates unless they consult with him, said Kemp, who added that Tyson doesn't want to see the doctor because he has been under the care of a private psychiatrist. The judge recommended Tyson remain on the medication when he sentenced Tyson, Kemp said.

Tyson is a patient of Dr. Richard Goldberg, chairman of the psychiatry department at Georgetown University Medical Center, who saw him on Saturday.

Tyson also is on probation in Indiana for raping a beauty pageant contestant in an Indianapolis hotel room in 1991. He was released from prison in March 1995 after serving three years. Indiana officials are considering whether to revoke his probation based on his legal problems in Maryland.

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