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Christian Dawkins sentenced to a year and a day in prison

Christian Dawkins

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Christian Dawkins arrives at federal court in New York. A prosecutor says greed led a fledgling manager of basketball players to bribe college coaches but defense lawyers say it was all an FBI setup. The characterizations came during opening statements Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the second trial to result from a prosecution that has exposed a seedy side of college basketball recruitment. On trial are business manager Christian Dawkins and ex-amateur league director Merl Code. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


Christian Dawkins has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for each of the two bribery charges on which he was convicted.

Dawkins, an aspiring agent that ignited the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, was found guilty in May of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. Last October, he was convicted in a separate trial for his role in pay-to-play schemes that were developed to steer elite recruits to Adidas-sponsored basketball programs.

He was sentenced to six months in prison in March. The sentence handed down on Thursday will be served after he completes his first sentence, meaning that Dawkins will have been sentenced to 18 months and one day in prison.

“We’re not done fighting,” his attorney Steven Haney said. “This was punitive. [The government] was mad he would not cooperate, mad he wouldn’t snitch on college coaches. He was a bait fish that didn’t wiggle on the hook like they wanted him to.”