DETROIT – Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be "unthinkable" to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.
Mitchell "Ed" Karam will be the last of nine people to be sentenced when he appears on Tuesday in Detroit federal court. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.
Karam's guilty plea to conspiracy says he split the cost of bribes with Manni. Seven Toledo basketball and football players got money, gifts and groceries to alter their play to try to affect games about a decade ago.
Karam's lawyers quote doctors as saying he'll soon be bedridden because of his many health woes. They're asking for probation.