Mike Tyson was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for raping a teenage beauty queen by a judge who said he was at risk to rape again.
"Something needs to be done about the attitude you displayed here," said Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford. She denied his petition for bail, meaning he will go straight to prison pending appeal.Gifford sentenced Tyson to 10 years on each count, then suspended four of the 10 years and said the six-year sentences would run concurrently. He was also fined $10,000 on each count for a total of $30,000, the maximum fine.
Gifford ordered Tyson to serve four years' probation after serving prison time and get psychotherapy during that period.
Tyson was sentenced for his Feb. 10 convictions on charges that he committed rape and criminal deviate conduct against a beauty pageant contestant last summer.
In his 10-minute address to the court, the former heavyweight champion spoke in a calm voice but was sometimes rambling. "I expect the worst. I don't know if I can deal with it," said Tyson. "I'd be afraid but I'm not guilty of this crime. I didn't hurt anybody - no black eyes, no broken ribs."
While maintaining his innocence, he said that he would apologize to Desiree Washington, the 19-year-old he was convicted of raping, if he had the chance, "but she's not here."
At another point, he said, "I didn't rape anyone. I didn't attempt to rape anyone. I'm sorry. I agree I've done something, but I didn't mean to." He acknowledged that his behavior in Indianapolis last summer was "kind of crass."