Camacho sentenced to 7 years for burglary, could serve house arrest

Published 3:53 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A judge sentenced boxer Hector Luis “Macho” Camacho to the maximum seven years in prison Monday for burglary, but the eight-time world champion could avoid spending time in a cell.

Harrison County Circuit Judge Steve Simpson suspended six years of the sentence and said Camacho could serve one year under house arrest if authorities in Puerto Rico agree to monitor him. That would be followed by two years’ probation.

The deal would allow Camacho, 44, to continue working. If he violates any of the conditions set at sentencing, he would have to serve the entire seven years.

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“I am deeply sorry,” Camacho said to the judge and offered apologies to boxing fans and the people of Mississippi.

The judge declined to hear a motion to dismiss a drug charge filed Jan. 6, 2005, in Biloxi. Authorities say they found 10 pills of Ecstasy in a casino hotel room where Camacho claims he had stopped to use the restroom. A trial on the charge is tentatively set for this month.

Simpson set bond on the drug charge at $75,000. Camacho’s previous bond had been revoked May 7 during a plea hearing after a bail bondsman complained that Camacho still owed him money and had not stayed in touch since his release.

Camacho could again be released on bail in a few days if Puerto Rican authorities agree to monitor him.

Camacho won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s. His last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision.

A warrant was issued for Camacho on Dec. 22, 2004, for a November burglary of a computer store. While arresting him in January 2005, police say they found the Ecstasy.

In a written statement around the time of his arrest, Camacho apologized for the break-in, which caused nearly $13,000 in damage and losses at ZDI Computer Center in Gulfport.

Camacho had bought a laptop from the business but left it there for work on technical problems. He was trying to retrieve his computer and was “crazy” on tequila, he said, when he crawled through the ceiling of office space he shares with the computer company.

Wayne Woodall, the store owners’ attorney, claims Camacho fell through the ceiling, cut himself, urinated inside the office and left with seven laptops and about $5,600 in checks and cash.

Camacho has had several brushes with the law involving drugs, his driving habits, and domestic assault. When he was 16, he served 3 1/2 months in a New York prison for auto theft.

Prosecutors said Monday Camacho’s celebrity status earned him no special treatment.

“We didn’t handle him any differently than we would have handled John Doe from down the street,” said Kirk Clark, an assistant district attorney.