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Former Providence forward James Still sentenced to 4 years in prison for assault

Jan 22, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

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Former Providence forward James Still has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with four to serve after being found guilty of assaulting a fellow student in 2010, leaving the victim with 16 facial fractures and a permanently altered appearance, the Providence Journal is reporting.

Still, who played one season at Providence in 2009-10 and is now 22 years old, was arrested after he and an accomplice committed felony assault against Yerkin Abdrakhmanov, a student at Providence. According to the report, Still and the accomplice had been drinking and while walking near campus decided that “for no good reason they would beat the first person they next encountered.”

Johnnie Lacy, Still’s accomplice, was sentenced to 15 years in prison with three to serve.

Both Still and Lacy were members of the Providence basketball team in 2009-10, with Still averaging one point per game in just under six minutes per game. He is a native of Detroit, Mich.

Still played in two games for Eastern Michigan this season, but was dismissed from the team on Nov. 16. To read more, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. florida727 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    A third Providence player, Duke Mondy, who now plays for Oakland University, also was at the scene and had blood on his left hand, according to police, but he was never charged in the case. According to Regine, Still and Lacy “indicated that Mr. Mondy was not involved in any way. He simply had to be standing next to him at the time.”


    I’d like to know how this third guy gets away without being prosecuted. Did he get blood on his hand from high-fiving the other low-lifes that had nothing better to do that night than beat up an innocent kid? Guess you can take the brother out of the hood, but you’ll never take the hood out of the brother. 4 years isn’t enough. The victim is disfigured for life.

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