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Bribery Conspiracy Nets Prison for College Coach

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A former assistant basketball coach at the University of San Diego was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for conspiracy to commit sports bribery.

Thaddeus Brown, 34, of El Cajon, will be on supervised release for three years after he does his time, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The indictment accused Brown and others of influencing the outcome of basketball games at USD during the 2009-10 season, and trying to recruit players to do so during the 2010-11 season.

Eight of 10 defendants in the case have pleaded guilty, the U.S. attorney said in a statement.

"Brown, who was an assistant coach at USD during the 2006-2007 season, bribed co-defendant Brandon Johnson to influence the outcome of basketball games during the 2009-2010 season while Johnson was a member of USD's basketball team," the U.S. Attorney's Office said. "Brown and his co-conspirators then profited by placing bets at Las Vegas casinos on games Johnson influenced. Co-defendant Steve Goria, who was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in October 2012, admitted that the conspiracy profited [by] more than $120,000 from the game-fixing scheme. Brown admitted in his guilty plea that during the 2010-2011 season, he solicited a current USD basketball player to influence the outcome of basketball games for bribe money."

Brown was ordered to report to prison on June 5 to begin his sentence.

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