TERENCE CRAWFORD SENTENCED TO JAIL
Omaha, Nebraska (December 15th, 2016)– Five days after he scored a TKO against his opponent, boxing champion Terence “Bud” Crawford was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail in connection with a disturbance at a north Omaha body shop.
Crawford, 29, showed up for court dressed in a gray sweatsuit and old-school Michael Jordan Nike high-tops. Before she announced the sentence, Judge Marcena Hendrix told Crawford, “You’ve continued to act as if you are above the law, and you are not.”
Makayla Maclin, an assistant Omaha city prosecutor, had told Hendrix that Crawford was “not truthful” during a presentence investigation.
Hendrix also ordered Crawford to serve two years’ probation and 120 hours of community service. He also must also pay $6,000 in restitution to the body shop owner and undergo random drug and alcohol tests.
The judge said Crawford was not eligible for house arrest.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy cuffed Crawford’s hands behind his back and took him away immediately after the sentencing.
Under sentencing guidelines, Crawford will serve about 53 days.
Michael Carter, a friend and mentor to Crawford, called the sentence “devastating.”
“My thoughts are for his family, his kids,” Carter said. “His kids are everything to him. I can’t fathom him being away from his kids during the holidays.”
Carter said he hasn’t spoken to Crawford since Saturday’s fight, at which Crawford defeated John Molina Jr. in a one-sided contest. Carter said he planned to reach out to the boxer and his family.
“I am concerned about Terence and I hope that whatever happens from this point on that it’s going to work toward his betterment,” Carter said. “Hopefully there’s some way to turn this into a positive.”
In April, the WBO junior welterweight and WBC superlightweight champ became involved in a confrontation at Extreme Custom Fleet & Auto at North 56th Street and Sorensen Parkway.
The shop had performed a $2,500 paint job and other work on a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Crawford planned to give to a nephew.
Crawford put up half that amount as a down payment, but later refused to pay the rest. He complained about the quality of the work and the extended time — six months — that the vehicle had been in owner Michael Nelson’s garage.
Crawford and a few friends came to the shop April 14 and told Nelson they were taking the car.
Nelson said at Crawford’s trial in September that he had placed the Monte Carlo on a hydraulic lift and left a 600-pound engine underneath the lift to discourage Crawford from taking the car, which was missing a starter.
Crawford entered the shop, Nelson said, and was able to lower the car to the floor after pushing the heavy engine out of the way by himself. Nelson said Crawford did $3,300 damage to the hydraulic lift, and fluid spilled onto the shop floor.
Nelson testified that he felt intimidated by the champ’s presence, but Crawford never physically threatened him.
Nelson captured the 28-minute incident on surveillance video, which was played in court at the trial.
Hendrix convicted Crawford on two of three misdemeanors — property damage and disorderly conduct — and dismissed a trespassing charge. He had faced a maximum of a $500 fine and up to six months in jail on each charge.
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