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Former Eastern Washington University assistant basketball coach and NBA veteran Craig Ehlo pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless burning in Spokane Superior Court on Wednesday morning.

Ehlo will receive credit for a day served in Spokane County Jail. The rest of his 363-day sentence will be suspended, per an agreement between prosecutor John Love and Ehlo’s defense attorney, Dennis Thompson.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrived at Ehlo’s rural Spokane County home early on the morning of Aug. 1, where they found him being held down by family members near a pile of his burning clothes doused in gasoline.

Ehlo pleaded guilty to a second-degree burning charge Wednesday, a gross misdemeanor.

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Ehlo, who played at Washington State, played 14 seasons in the NBA.

After retiring following the 1997 season, he served as a broadcast analyst for the Seattle SuperSonics and Gonzaga Bulldogs before joining the EWU Eagles as an assistant coach. He resigned from that position in July.


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