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February 22, 2010
Kings forward gets probation, fine after DUI no-contest plea

By Andy Furillo

Sacramento Kings forward Andres Nocioni pleaded no contest today and was sentenced to three years of informal probation for his Nov. 5 downtown drunken driving arrest.

Superior Court Judge Emily E. Vasquez also ordered Nocioni, who was not present in the courtroom, to perform two days of community services, complete a three-month class and pay fines totaling about $2,500 dollars.

Nocioni's lawyer, Bill Portanova, said that the professional basketball player "has been embarrassed by this situation, and he hopes that something good can come from it."

Nocioni was pulled over at L and 9th streets after visiting a downtown club. His blood-alcohol level registered at .12. The legal limit in California is .08.

Portanova called his client "a good, solid family man" who hopes to use the incident to step up his game.

"He has just been working that much harder to make up," Portanova said.

Portanova said that Nocioni still faces possible discipline from the National Basketball Association.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

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