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Davender pleads guilty to theft charge relating to Final Four tickets

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Ed Davender pleaded guilty Friday to an amended theft charge for allegedly accepting $4,000 from a Louisville man for college basketball game tickets and not providing the tickets.

Davender pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft by deception in Fayette Circuit Court, according to his attorney, Dennis Shepherd.

Shepherd said Davender, with help from friends, has repaid $3,600 of the $4,000 and wants to have the remainder paid by the time he is sentenced March 24.

Prosecutors recommended that Davender receive 12 months in jail on the latest charge. He is serving an eight-year sentence on numerous theft-related charges stemming from a UK basketball ticket scam and a drug charge.

In the latest count against Davender, he was accused of accepting money from Richard Adams of Louisville from December 2009 through March 2010 for 14 NCAA men's Final Four tickets and not giving Adams the tickets. Davender was first accused in the case involving Adams while he was waiting to be sentenced in the case for which he is now serving time.

Shepherd said Davender has made a commitment to repay everyone he owes.

"He's basically trying to make amends for all the damage he's done to his reputation," Shepherd said.

Davender is serving his time at the Blackburn Correctional Complex.

Davender played for UK from 1984 through 1988. He is 11th on UK's all-time men's scoring list, with 1,637 career points, and fourth in career steals, with 191.

He played his first season under Coach Joe B. Hall and his final three under Eddie Sutton. He was chosen in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets, but he never played in the pro league.

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