Officials to interview Tyson's ex-wife

February 12, 1992|By Chicago Tribune

INDIANAPOLIS -- Probation authorities say they would call Mike Tyson's ex-wife, actress Robin Givens, in compiling a sentencing report before the boxer is sentenced March 6 on rape charges.

"He was reserved, quiet and soft-spoken and respectful," said Steve Wills, the chief probation officer who interviewed Tyson yesterday for more than one hour.

Mr. Wills said his office will contact Ms. Givens and give her the opportunity to offer her insights into the former world heavyweight champion.

Tyson technically faces up to 60 years in prison, but according to officials, is likely to be sentenced to no more than 10 years in prison.

While Tyson went through his presentencing interview in the building where he was convicted Monday of raping an 18-year-old Miss Black America contestant, the young woman thanked prosecutors as she left Indiana for her home.

"I'm very happy with the verdict, the jury, the police and the prosecutors," she said yesterday.

Tyson's chief lawyer, Vincent Fuller, indignantly brushed off questions about his surprising trial tactic of portraying the boxer as a sexual predator in the hopes of convincing jurors the victim and other contestants were aware that he was openly advertising for sex.

When asked why he painted his client in such a manner before a largely white Midwestern jury, Mr. Fuller replied in the booming, staccato baritone he used during the jury: "I'm not going to answer that question."

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