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Joel Scott Sentenced For Hit-And-Run, Attempted Rape

October 18, 1996

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Heavyweight boxer Jo-el Scott was sentenced Thursday to at least three years in prison on attempted rape and hit-and-run charges.

The undefeated boxer, who had a promising career before his legal troubles arose, apologized in Albany County Court for leaving the scene of an accident that critically injured a 4-year-old boy and for having sexual contact with three underage girls.

But Judge Thomas Breslin lashed out at Scott for denying in a pre-sentencing report that he had committed the crimes, and said his apology was insincere.

``You’re sorry you’re going to prison; you’re not sorry for that little kid, and you’re not sorry for those little girls,″ Breslin said.

Breslin sentenced Scott to three to six years in prison, in accordance with a plea bargain reached last month.

Scott, who has a 16-0 record, could have faced a minimum of 32 years in prison if convicted of all the charges that he was initially charged with, including first-degree rape.

Scott’s lawyer said the boxer is hopeful he will be able to return to the ring upon his release. He now faces two civil suits; one filed on behalf of the young boy and another filed by the families of the young girls.

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