Thursday, October 20, 2005
Larry Bird and Jailbird Eric James Torpy have one thing in common. The number 33 marks their legendary feats. Or at least that's what Torpy believes. He requested a prison term of 33 years, even though the prosecutors and defense attorneys already had agreed to 30 years. Torpy said 'if he was going to go down [for shooting with an intent to kill and robbery], he was going to go down in Larry Bird's jersey,' Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott said Wednesday. 'We accommodated his request and he was just as happy as he could be.'"
Judging from Torpy's list of tattoos, he's no stranger to symbolic gestures, and his request for an extended sentence truly was a heartfelt tribute. Maybe he should have been a Michael Jordan fan (#23), but good thing it wasn't Wayne Gretzky (#99) he wanted to honor. Story... [Mark Godsey]