SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sentencing is scheduled in federal court Friday for a former University of San Diego star basketball player who admitted trying to solicit a team member to fix games when the defendant was no longer playing at the school.
Brandon Johnson, 26, pleaded guilty in November.
Prosecutors are recommending a one-year prison sentence, while Johnson's attorney is asking a judge to sentence the defendant to probation without any custody.
According to court records, Johnson -- USD's all-time leading scorer in men's basketball -- was a willing accomplice in the game-fixing scheme, making $5,000 to $10,000 to manipulate approximately four games.
Phone conversations secretly recorded by the FBI have Johnson saying he'd be willing to throw "every game."
Following his arrest in April 2011, Johnson told agents that he knew the point spreads of games and admitted receiving several thousand dollars from bettors afterward, but denied throwing any games.
The three primary defendants in the case -- Steve Goria, Richard Garmo and Paul Thweni -- all admitted bribing Johnson to fix USD games during the 2009-10 season.
The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the controversial issue of short-term vacation rentals on Monday. The council is expected to vote on Mayor Faulconer's proposal, which was introduced last month.
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A man drove through a police barricade near the San Diego Pride festival, led officers on a chase down multiple San Diego freeways and ultimately crashed -- but was able to escape capture, police said Sunday.
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