Etienne's sentenced reduced by La. judge

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Associated Press

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former heavyweight boxer Clifford Etienne, who learned to fight while serving a prison sentence, has had his sentenced reduced to 105 years behind bars for a crime spree that included an attempt to shoot two police officers.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/XYLfyD) that state District Judge Wilson Fields in Baton Rouge re-sentenced Etienne to 105 years. He originally was sentenced to 160 years in 2006. Prosecutors say the judge was correcting the earlier sentence.

Etienne, a former high school football star in Louisiana, was paroled in 1998 after serving 10 years for attempted armed robbery.

He then became a professional boxer, nicknamed the "Black Rhino." In 2001, Etienne signed a multi-fight deal with Showtime, but his career ended soon after a 49-second first-round loss to Mike Tyson in February 2003.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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