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D.J . Rivera cops plea in theft

Former Binghamton University basketball standout D.J. Rivera has pleaded guilty to one felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.Rivera admitted Monday in Broome County Court that he used a debit card that another student lost at a party in 2009 to buy a television, underwear, socks, and cigars.The 22-year-old Rivera is due back in court May 5 and will be sentenced to interim probation for nine months. He also has to make $374 in restitution to the victim.Defense attorney Mark Rappaport says if Rivera stays out of trouble while on probation, he'll be allowed to return to court and plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of stolen property.Rappaport says Rivera is back home in Philadelphia and intends to finish his degree at the university and become a teacher. Rivera also hopes to play pro basketball in Europe, but would be unable to do either with a felony conviction....

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