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Ex-Iowa star Pierce released after serving 11 months

9/24/2006 - Iowa Hawkeyes

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa -- Former Iowa basketball star Pierre
Pierce was released from jail Sunday after an 11-month stay for
assaulting and terrorizing his girlfriend.

He will remain on probation for four years and a month, the Iowa
Department of Corrections said.

Pierce walked out of the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility
wearing a white track suit and flanked by his father. Pierce said
he was "glad to be free" but declined further comment.

The 23-year-old player said at a parole board hearing in July
that he arranged to live with a coach in Iowa City, where he could
finish his degree and pursue a pro basketball career.

He pleaded guilty in August 2005 to third-degree burglary,
assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, false imprisonment and
fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced up to two years
in prison, but his sentence was reduced because of good behavior
and completion of sex-offender treatment.

He was dismissed from the Iowa team by coach Steve Alford within
days of police confirming that Pierce was being investigated. At
the time, Pierce was the third-leading scorer in the Big Ten. He
led the Hawkeyes with a 16.1-point game average as a sophomore in
2003-04.