Blazers player's brother sentenced to three years in prison

Updated: February 14, 2005, 10:04 PM ET
Associated Press

ANDERSON, Ind. -- A judge on Monday sentenced the brother of Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph to three years in prison for his role in a nightclub shooting.

Madison Superior Court Judge Dennis Carroll sentenced Roger Randolph, 22, of Marion, on two counts of criminal recklessness as part of a plea agreement. Randolph pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 18.

He was originally charged with three counts of battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting that wounded three people at Sinbad's Lounge and Grill in August.

Zach Randolph, a native of nearby Marion, was at the bar with his brother when the shootings happened on a dance floor after an argument, police said. He was questioned in the shootings, but not charged.

Prosecutors dropped one of the charges against Roger Randolph when the victim, Phillip Corthen Jr., failed to appear for a deposition last month and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court.

Carroll on Monday denied Corthen's request that Roger Randolph be ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution.

"Mr. Corthen was uncooperative," the judge said. "If he has a legitimate claim, he can pursue it in another fashion."

Randolph's attorneys said at a December hearing that Corthen wrote Zach Randolph a letter seeking a confidential settlement in a possible civil suit.

Corthen's attorney, Derrick Ely, confirmed then that a letter was sent to Zach Randolph, who in November signed an $84 million, six-year contract extension with the Trail Blazers.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Monday with Zach Randolph's agent Raymond Brothers.

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