Ferguson gets 10-day suspended sentence

Updated: October 3, 2005, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas guard Eric Ferguson received a 10-day suspended jail sentence Monday for failing to take care of a traffic ticket.

Ferguson appeared in Fayetteville District Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges -- for careless driving and failure to answer a summons. He received two $25 fines and was ordered to pay $5 jail fees for each of the charges. Ferguson also must pay $25 in warrant fees and $75 in court costs. The 10-day sentence will be suspended provided he pays within two weeks.

Ferguson, 23, of Long Island, N.Y., was arrested Aug. 21 and briefly held in the Washington County jail for failing to take care of the ticket. Coach Stan Heath said after Ferguson's arrest he would discipline his player internally because "I'm not going to crucify a kid for speeding."

Ferguson has started 63 games and ranks ninth at Arkansas with 297 career assists.

"I'm disappointed because he's a senior and you've got to take care of business," Heath also said.


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