|Garrido sentenced to 4 days in jail
Texas baseball coach sentenced
DALLAS -- Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido was sentenced Thursday to four days in jail for a drunken driving conviction, though he might not serve any time.
Garrido's attorney, Michael Burnett, said Travis County jail officials will decide how long to keep the winningest coach in Division I after he reports sometime before Aug. 15. Burnett said the 70-year-old Garrido received two days' credit when he was arrested and could earn the other two days simply by getting processed.
Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said any comment on how long Garrido will stay is "pure speculation" right now.
"We're waiting to get the judge's written order," Wade said. "When he gets here, he'll be classified just like anyone else would."
Garrido was fined $500 by County Court-at-Law Judge Elisabeth Earle and had his driver's license suspended for 90 days after the misdemeanor first-time offense.
Garrido was arrested in downtown Austin in January when police noticed he was driving without his headlights on. He pleaded guilty two weeks later.
Travis County Attorney David Escamilla said his office recommended a five-day sentence.
"From what I understand, the judge cited as a basis for her decision the fact that Mr. Garrido took responsibility for his actions," Escamilla said. "We certainly respect and appreciate that."
Garrido has 1,679 victories and five national championships, including two with the Longhorns. He fell a game short of another title last month when Texas lost the deciding game of a best-of-3 championship series to LSU.
Burnett said Garrido had completed an alcohol counseling program and a two-hour session with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
"As he said from the beginning, when you do something wrong, you've got to pay the price and he's been willing to do that," Burnett said. "And he left it to others to determine what that price would be."
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