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Ex-basketball star Mackey gets 2 months in jail

Former high school basketball standout Jonathan "Bud" Mackey was sentenced Monday to two months in jail and community service, his attorney Jerry Wright says.

Circuit Judge Rob Johnson gave Mackey 30 hours of community service, Wright said, but the 19-year-old plans to do more. Mackey, 19, plans to speak to schools about the consequences of becoming involved in crime and drugs.

Mackey pleaded guilty in August to an amended charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was indicted in February for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, a class C felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

Mackey's jail stint will begin next Monday.

Wright said Mackey, who has earned a GED, plans to attend Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

"He needs to be punished, but he needs to be given some hope for the future as well," Wright said.

The commonwealth's attorney's office recommended six months in jail. But, Wright said, Johnson plans to evaluate Mackey's progress in June before deciding about the remaining four months.

Mackey was charged in September 2007 after police said he had 1.6 grams of rock cocaine in his shoe when he was arrested at Scott County High School.

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