Tulsa prosecutors say they will seek to charge Morrison for probation violation


Friday, April 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Tulsa authorities want to take a shot at former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison since he's been paroled from an Arkansas prison.

Tulsa County prosecutor Caleb Raynolds said he is interested in bringing Morrison back to a Tulsa courtroom to face possible revocation of his probation in a 1998 drunken-driving case, which could lead to more jail time.

Morrison's Tulsa attorney, Dan Kramer, said Thursday that Morrison knows he needs to return to Oklahoma to deal with the old DUI case. He said he would like to negotiate a resolution before Morrison goes back to Oklahoma.

``We're in the process now of trying to figure out what to do with it,'' he said.

Morrison, 32, was paroled from Little Rock's Central Arkansas Community Punishment Center on Feb. 28, but Arkansas authorities didn't immediately alert Oklahoma officials.

In January 2000, Morrison pleaded guilty in a Washington County, Ark., court to drugs and weapons charges and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years of probation.

He is on supervised release in Fayetteville, Ark.

Before the Arkansas trouble, Morrison pleaded guilty on April 1, 1999, to three traffic misdemeanors in Tulsa County _ driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while his license was revoked and failing to stop at a red light.

He was sentenced to a two-year, 10-day probation with no jail time required, but his Arkansas arrest less than a week after that sentence violated his probation.

Morrison, a Jay native, captured the World Boxing Organization heavyweight championship in 1993 by defeating George Foreman. He lost the title later that year, and his career was derailed in 1996 when he tested HIV positive.