Monday, March 9, 2009


Former NBA star Charles Barkley has been released from jail after serving a three-day sentence in Phoenix on a drunken-driving conviction. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee says Barkley left the Tent City jail just before 8 a.m. Monday. He began his sentence Saturday morning. Barkley spent about 36 hours in jail after getting 12 hours of work release Sunday and Monday. He was housed in a separate tent from the other inmates for his safety, and meals were brought to him. The 46-year-old Barkley pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his Dec. 31 arrest. He failed a field-sobriety test after leaving a Scottsdale nightclub. A judge reduced Barkley's original 10-day sentence to three days, provided that Barkley completes an alcohol-treatment program.

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