Byron Houston Sentenced

Tuesday, September 18th 2007, 6:19 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A judge has sentenced former Oklahoma State basketball star Byron Houston to four years in prison for violating probation on indecent exposure convictions. Houston was on probation for four previous convictions when he was arrested in Oklahoma City this summer for the same offense.

Wearing wrist and leg shackles and dressed in a jail-issued uniform, Houston hung his head and spoke quietly, apologizing to his victims and asking District Judge Ray Elliot for leniency.

Elliott says Houston was given numerous chances at rehabilitation.

The judge heard from defense witnesses who say Houston suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

Richard Anderson, Houston's attorney, says the former OSU star is destitute and couldn't afford the medication he needed.