Tuesday , Jul , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Tim Donaghy Given Fifteen Months

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was sentenced Tuesday in a New York court to 15 months in prison for his role in the betting scandal that has rocked the league.

Donaghy, 41, pleaded guilty last August to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce.

Donaghy admitted to providing inside information on games to bettors. He could have received up to 33 months in prison, but his co-operation with U.S. federal authorities is believed to be a factor in his sentence, handed down by U.S. federal Judge Carol Bagley Amon in Brooklyn.

James Battista and Thomas Martinto received less than a year in prison when they were sentenced last week for their part in the betting ring.