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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. abs-cbnNEWS.com (3/17/2007 7:49:46 PM)
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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.
arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at around 6 a.m.
Escorted by US
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.
stabbed the victim to death during an argument in their neighborhood in Las Vegas on Nov. 24, 2004.
pleaded not guilty during his
arraignment in March 2005 but was found guilty and sentenced to serve four to 12 years in prison.
was recently granted parole for good behavior.
would go home to Bacolod City after resting for a week at an undisclosed hotel in Manila.
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
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."
, 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.
faith in God helped him overcome the challenges he
faced behind bars.
first day back in the country, Distrito
graying hair dyed black.
also underwent a dental check-up.
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Former Philippine Basketball ...
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.
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.
wept as he
apologized to the the family of 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
was suspended for a flagrant foul against fellow PBA player Jeffrey Cariaso in 1995.