12 The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 17, 1998
Men plead gu
PHOENIX (AP) -- Two Illinois men Authori
pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced charges former A
for their role in an alleged scheme to pay Stevin "He
two Arizona State basketball players to them to mi
shave points in 1994 games. gamblers
Joseph Mangiamele of Arlington Heights, spread.
Ill., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit U.S. Di
sports bribery and money laundering. His said he w
father, Dominic Mangiamele of Mount ing report
Prospect, Ill., pleaded guilty to sports decided w
bribery. Smith a
Both still face five years in prison but guilty, alo
could have their sentences reduced for Silman,
cooperating with authorities. who was
A federal grand jury returned a 72-count charges. f
indictment last month against the intention
Mangiameles, Benny Silman of North Joseph
Hollywood, Calif., and Joseph Gagliano of declined
Phoenix, accusing them of sports bribery, Wagner,
money laundering and racketeering. Mangiam
The alleged conspirators placed more take by p
than 61 bets totaling $506,000 on the bas- and was p
ketball games in what the FBI says was one Smith a
of the nation's worst sports gambling scan- prison and
dals. a lighter s
ilty to point-shaving
ities allege they conspired with
rizona State basketball players
edake" Smith and Isaac Burton for
hiss shots in the four games so the
could beat the projected point
strict Judge Robert C. Broomfield
ould wait to read the presentenc-
ts on the Mangiameles before he
vhether to accept their pleas.
and Burton have already pleaded
ng with Gagliano.
, a former Arizona State student
said to be a bookie, still faces
His attorney has said he has no
of pleading guilty.
Mangiamele and his attorney
comment yesterday. Steven
who represents Dominic
ele, said his client had made a mis-
utting up money for the scheme
aying dearly for it.
nd Burton face up to five years in
a $250,000 fine, but could receive
entence for their testimony.
Smith, the Sun Devils' No. 2 all-time
leading scorer, agreed to fix the four games
for $20,000 a game, in part to erase a report-
ed $10,000 gambling debt to Silman, a fel-
low student, authorities said. Burton was
paid $4,300 for helping fix two games,
Dominic Mangiamele is president of the
family's Chicago-based trucking company,
Joseph Mangiamele & Sons.
Joseph Mangiamele also works for the
trucking company. Before the indictment,
he also was a process server for the Cook
County Sheriff's Police Department for
When arrested by the FBI, he was forced
to give up his gun and badge and was
assigned to a desk job pending trial. He was
to be fired if convicted.
His father was a Cook County deputy
sheriff from 1980-90.
The 1994 games in question were those
with Oregon State on Jan. 27, Oregon on
Jan. 29, Southern California on Feb. 19 and
Washington on March 5.
Dominic Manglamele, left, and his son Joseph, right, prepare to enter the U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix for
their arraignment in a point-shaving scandal involving two former Arizona State basketball players.
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contributions had also come from somewhere else - and
not just Bullock, necessarily.
If Travis Conlan had played anywhere near the way he did
last weekend in Chicago, the Wolverines might still be alive.
With 21 assists and two turnovers in three games, Conlan
was arguably the best guard of the entire Big Ten
Tournament - but he struggled against UCLA, turning the
ball over an uncharacteristic four times and missing his only
Jerod Ward, whose play was solid all season and no less
than terrific in recent weeks, was all over the court again on
Sunday, ripping rebounds and blocking shots - but his shot,
like Bullock's, betrayed him against UCLA. Ward went 5-
for-16, and though he hit a big 3-pointer to prolong
Michigan's hopes for a few more agonizing seconds near the
end of the game, he also missed a potentially huge trey a few
minutes earlier that would have given Michigan the lead.
There are lots of things that could have gone differently.
Who knows? If Brandon Smith (zero minutes) had gotten a
chance to jump in and give the Wolverines' offense a spark
against the swarming UCLA defense, he may have been able
to take some heat off Reid and Bullock. If Josh Asselin had
been called on earlier to help with the interior defense, per-
haps the Wolverines would have had better luck containing
UCLA in the lane. Then again, if the regulars who weren't
in serious foul trouble - Ward, Bullock, Reid, Conlan -
had better luck containing Toby Bailey (19 points, six assists)
and Kris Johnson (25 points), Michigan would likely have
been fine anyway.
After the game, the quote from Bullock summed up the
loss: "I just picked the worst time to have a day where I
couldn't hit the shots I've been hitting all year," he said. He
was right, and it took class to stand up and take the blame.
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