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Former Philippine Basketball Association
Philippine Basketball Association
Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) point guard Rudy Distrito was convicted of manslaughter Friday (Saturday in Manila) for the killing of a Mexican in Las Vegas, Nevada. abs-cbnNEWS.com (3/17/2007 7:49:46 PM)
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Distrito deported after serving 4 years in Vegas jail for murder Print | Email to friend Published: January 14, 2010 | Author: - - Total Views: 480 | Rating: MANILA - Former basketball star Rudy Distrito arrived in Manila Wednesday, shortly after United States authorities ordered his deportation when he was granted parole following his conviction for murder. Distrito, who was known as "The Destroyer" during his 15 years of playing for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), flew in from Los Angeles on board a Philippine Airlines flight. He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at around 6 a.m. Escorted by US marshals, he and three other deportees were turned over to Bureau of Immigration officials for deportation proceedings. In an interview with reporters, Distrito, 51, expressed gratitude to the people who helped and supported him during his incarceration, including former Sen. I will regret for my whole life something that happened in just a few seconds," Distrito said, referring to his conviction for the murder of Juan Amaya, a 24-year-old Mexican. Distrito stabbed the victim to death during an argument in their neighborhood in Las Vegas on Nov. 24, 2004. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in March 2005 but was found guilty and sentenced to serve four to 12 years in prison. He was recently granted parole for good behavior. Distrito said he would go home to Bacolod City after resting for a week at an undisclosed hotel in Manila. He added that his future plans included returning to the hard court but this time, as a coach. Early last year, he sent a letter to his family in which he promised to be home in time for Christmas. And although he overshot his target by a few weeks, his homecoming brought a lot of joy to his family and friends. "We are overjoyed," Distrito's nephew, Cesar, told the Inquirer in a phone interview. "It's long overdue and we are very, very happy." Distrito, who averaged 11 points in a PBA career that included stints with Crispa, Country Fair, Magnolia, Ginebra and Sunkist, also thanked the fans who wrote to him in prison. He said his faith in God helped him overcome the challenges he faced behind bars. On his first day back in the country, Distrito had his graying hair dyed black. He also underwent a dental check-up.
Before Torion's eight-month ban, the longest suspension was the four months slapped on Rudy Distrito of Sunkist, who was sacked by then PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino in 1995 for committing a deliberate foul on Alaska's Jeffrey Cariaso.
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Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) point guard Rudy Distrito was convicted of manslaughter Friday (Saturday in Manila) for the killing of a Mexican in Las Vegas, Nevada. US District Court Judge David Wall of Clark County sentenced Distrito to a minimum of four to a maximum of 12 years in prison.Distrito was initially charged with murder for the slaying of 24-year-old Juan Amaya in 2004.Prosecutors said Distrito stabbed Amaya to death as an act of revenge after the victim married the former cager's mistress. Distrito wept as he apologized to the the family of his victim, his own family, his PBA colleagues and fans.The 5-feet-10-inch and 170-pound Distrito was known for his aggressive brand of play and earned the nickname "The Destroyer." He is best remembered for his buzzer-beating shot that enabled Ginebra San Miguel, then led by playing-coach Robert Jaworski, to win a classic championship series in the 1991 First Conference against Shell.Distrito was suspended for a flagrant foul against fellow PBA player Jeffrey Cariaso in 1995.