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Trial date set for former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson appears in court and is charged with drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

other Updated: Apr 13, 2007, 10:27 IST

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson appeared in court and was given an August 20 trial date on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

Tyson, fresh out of a stint in a California rehabilitation facility, said little during the short procedural hearing. His attorney, Richard Schonfeld said the 40-year-old Tyson has been sober for 72 days.

The charges stem from Tyson's arrest December 29 in Scottsdale. Tyson, a resident of Paradise Valley, was pulled over after leaving a nightclub, and an officer found bags of cocaine in his back pocket and another in a pack of cigarettes in his car, according to court records.

Tyson pleaded not guilty on January 22 in Maricopa County Superior Court to felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs.

Schonfeld on Thursday asked for and received a 30-day delay in the trial because he hadn't seen all the state's evidence in the case.

If convicted on all four charges, Tyson could be imprisoned as long as 7 1/2 years.

Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland in 1999.

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 in 1986, when he knocked out Trevor Berbick. By 1997, Tyson's career hit a low point when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.

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