SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A key defendant behind a conspiracy involving drug trafficking, the operation of a sports gambling ring and fixing USD men's basketball games was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison.
Steve Goria, 33, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, admitting that he bet on a February 2010 game that USD star guard Brandon Johnson was paid to influence. USD was favored in the game but lost after blowing a big lead.
Goria admitted that the total conspiracy made more than $120,000, according to court documents.
Ten people -- including Johnson, former USD player Brandon Dowdy and ex-USD assistant coach T.J. Brown -- were indicted last year.
Six defendants have pleaded guilty. Trial for Johnson, Dowdy, Brown and Goria's sister, Lilian, is set for trial Dec. 3.
The federal investigation -- dubbed "Operation Hook Shot" -- started as a marijuana distribution case when Steve Goria was arrested in 2008 with nearly $105,000 in cash at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in San Clemente.
The case then expanded into a sports bribery investigation, federal authorities said.
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.