Sir Ralph gets jail time
Ralph Sampson, the towering figure who ruled U-Hall and transformed UVA basketball into a national powerhouse in the early 1980s, will serve two months in jail as part of the continuing investigation into his finances sparked by his failure to pay court-ordered child support.
According to an Associated Press story released today, Sampson's Richmond lawyer secured a plea that saved the 7'4" UVA and NBA star from possible perjury and false claim charges– admitting instead to a charge of mail fraud.
The charges stem from child support cases filed on behalf of two women with whom Sampson fathered two children. Earlier, Sampson had been ordered to pay over $300,000 in back child support. He had been facing five years behind bars on the original criminal charges, according to the AP.