A Maryland judge will hear arguments Friday that the former heavyweight champion's one-year sentence for assault in Maryland should be reduced.
However, even if that sentence were reduced to time already served, Tyson still must serve the Indiana sentence, spokeswoman Beverly Phillips of the Marion County prosecutor's office in Indianapolis said today.
"The bottom line is, even if the Maryland sentence is modified, he will not be released from jail on Friday," Phillips said.
Once the Indiana sentence begins, Tyson could serve as little as 30 days, depending on time off for good behavior and other provisions, she said.
Marion County prosecutor Scott Newman, Tyson lawyer James Voyles and Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford conferred today and also talked to Maryland authorities. They all agreed that the boxer still must serve the extra time for violating probation from his 1992 rape sentence, Phillips said.
Earlier this month, Tyson struck a deal with Newman and Maryland authorities in which he agreed to serve his Indiana jail time in Maryland after he finishes his assault sentence.
"If the judge modifies his sentence, at that point his Indiana sentence will begin. There's no retroactive in any of these calculations," Phillips said.
Voyles did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Tyson has requested that his assault sentence be reduced to eight months, and a hearing is set for Friday at Montgomery County (Md.) District Court. Robert Greenberg, one of Tyson's two lawyers in the Maryland case, had said last week that such a reduction could free his client from jail by Friday night.
Tyson has been jailed in Maryland since Feb. 5 on charges he assaulted two motorists after a minor traffic accident last August.
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