May 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST
Curtis Malone, the co-founder the well-known D.C. Assault AAU program, was sentenced on Wednesday morning to 100 months in federal prison on drug trafficking charges.
He had pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and heroin back in March. That plea agreement meant he faced 5-10 years in prison. Malone was arrested last August, and was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin. This was part of a year-long DEA investigation. Malone was one of six co-defendants in the case.
“I’m standing in front of you with no excuses . . . I thought this was a quick way to fix the issue,” Malone said in his first extended public comments since being arrested last August. He then referenced the three months he spent in prison because of a 1990 conviction on charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
“Twenty years later,” Malone added. “I’m back to what got me in trouble before.”
West Virginia’s Bobby Huggins, Drexel’s Bruiser Flint and DeMatha Catholic High (Maryland) head coach Mike Jones each wrote a letter of support — there were 30 letters in total — the defense used as its argument for leniency, according to the Washington Post.
Over the years DC Assault produced players such as Michael Beasley, Keith Bogans, Nolan Smith, DerMarr Johnson and Jeff Green.
The program changed its name to DC Premier in September. It’s currently part of the Under Armour Association, holding an 8-2 record so far this spring.
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