SAN DIEGO (CNS) - One of 10 defendants charged in a sports-bribery ring involving the University of San Diego men's basketball team pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to conspiracy to conduct sports bribery, running an illegal gambling business and distribution of marijuana.
Richard Thweni, also known as "Slick Rick," is the third person to plead guilty in the case.
Ten defendants, including former USD star guard Brandon Johnson, were indicted more than a year ago.
Thweni admitted that he agreed with at least one other person to operate an illegal sports gambling business, or sports "book," between January 2009 and April 2011.
Federal prosecutors said organizers of the scheme conspired to bribe USD players to alter the outcome of games so the defendants could profit by betting on games in Las Vegas.
According to the indictment, Johnson -- while he was the staring point guard for USD -- took a bribe to influence the result of a game in February 2010. After he was gone from USD in January 2011, Johnson solicited an individual to affect the outcome of USD basketball games, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors alleged former USD player Brandon Dowdy and former USD assistant coach Thaddeus Brown were also recruited to throw games as part of the scheme.
The investigation, dubbed "Operation Hook Shot," started in 2008 when co-defendant Steve Goria was arrested for marijuana distribution and expanded into a sports-bribery case, authorities said.
Two other co-defendants, David Gates and Jake Salter, have also pleaded guilty in the case.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.