A 27-year-old Oklahoma convict demanded–and received– extra prison time because he wanted to honor his basketball hero, Larry Bird. Bloomberg News reports that an attorney for Eric James Torpy reached a plea agreement in Oklahoma City for a 30-year jail term on two charges of shooting with intent to kill and one count of a weapons violation. Torpy then told his lawyer that he wanted 33 years to match the uniform number Bird wore when he led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships during the 1980s. Last week, Judge Ray Elliott accommodated his request.
Under Oklahoma law, prisoners must serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole. “In 26 years, I’ve never seen an individual request more time,” Elliott said. “They’re generally begging and pleading for less time. But he was as happy as he could be.”