Spadafora Violates Parole; Back in Prison
Former IBF Lightweight Champion Paul Spadafora is now apparently back in prison after supposedly violating his parole…
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora is back in prison for allegedly violating his parole.
Spadafora, 31, was arrested May 30 and is being held in the state prison at Albion, Leo Dunn, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, said Friday. Dunn said the alleged parole violations are not public record at this point in the process, nor are the terms of Spadafora’s parole.
“In general, parolees could have conditions to keep them away from certain people, and to not use drugs or alcohol,” Dunn said. “Those are conditions the vast majority of parolees have.”
Spadafora spent seven months in state prison followed by six months in a boot camp after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons violation for shooting his girlfriend in October 2003. Spadafora, an admitted alcoholic with a history of booze-related scrapes with the law, was drunk when he shot Nadine Russo, 23.
Spadafora (40-0-1) has lived and trained in Erie since he was paroled in April 2006. He won both fights in a post-release comeback engineered by Erie boxing promoter Michael Acri. A hearing for Spadafora was scheduled for June 13. If probable cause exists that a parole violation occurred, Spadafora will remain jailed until a violation hearing is held within four months, Dunn said. Spadafora could remain behind bars for the rest of his 21-month-to-five-year prison sentence if he is found to have violated parole. The boxer was arrested on the parole violation the same day he asked an Erie County judge to issue a protection-from-abuse order against Russo.
The judge denied Spadafora’s request when he didn’t show up at a hearing on Thursday.
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