STILLWATER, Okla. —Apologizing for a series of "terrible mistakes," former Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton was sentenced Friday to three years of probation after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining prescription drugs.
Sutton agreed to testify against two people who allegedly supplied him with adderall, clonazepam and oxycodone as part of a plea agreement covering four felony counts tied to his February arrest. He was also ordered to pay more than $2,850 in fines, perform 100 hours of community service in the next year and complete more drug rehabilitation treatment.
Sutton responded to Judge Stephen Kistler's questions with "Yes, your honor," and "Yes, sir," when asked if he understood the allegations. When asked why he was pleading guilty, he said: "Because I did it."
"I just want to apologize to you, your honor, the court and the people of the state of Oklahoma," Sutton said when given the chance to address the court. "I've made terrible mistakes and I'm very apologetic to everyone."
Sutton's probation could be revoked if he violates the terms, which will likely include random drug testing. Otherwise, Sutton would be cleared of any charges and be without a felony conviction on his record if he stays clean through Aug. 9, 2013.
"I'm certainly for sending dealers and manufacturers to prison and we do quite often, but for somebody that the real crime is being an addict, we try to give them an opportunity to rehabilitate and we help them along the way with the terms and conditions of probation," District Attorney Rob Hudson said. "He'll be on a pretty short leash with the court and our office."
Sutton was arrested Feb. 12 after agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said he picked up a shipment under another person's name that included about 40 pills, including the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam and two forms of the stimulant adderall.
The agency had previously placed Sutton in a drug rehab program but, according to court documents, he ended up meeting two people who would become his suppliers after he got out.