Restraining order sought against soon-to-be-sentenced Donaghy

Updated: March 20, 2008, 3:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The estranged wife of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy has asked a Florida judge to issue a restraining order against her husband, who faces prison time for wagering on games he worked.

A hearing on Kim Donaghy's request for the restraining order is scheduled for Monday, two Florida newspapers reported on Thursday. Kim Donaghy filed for divorce in September.

According to court papers, she accuses her husband of hitting their children, breaking into her e-mail account and threatening to hurt her.

Donaghy could not be reached by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and his attorney's office declined comment.

The Donaghys are fighting over custody of their four young children and their million-dollar house in Florida's Manatee County.

Tim Donaghy faces up to 25 years in prison and up to a $500,000 fine at his April 18 sentencing in New York on two felony charges stemming from a scam in which he bet on NBA games he worked and gave gamblers inside information, including tips on which crews would officiate games and how the various officials and players interacted, according to court documents.

He resigned as a referee in July and pleaded guilty last August to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and transmitting betting information across state lines. Donaghy has been free on $250,000 bond.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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