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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Man rethinks asking for three more years in prison. lol

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HOLDENVILE, Okla. — Just about everyone thinks Eric Torpy is a birdbrain.


In October 2005, Torpy asked an Oklahoma County judge to tack on three more years to his 30-year prison sentence for armed robbery and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.

“He said if he was going down, he was going to go down in Larry Bird’s jersey,’’
Oklahoma District Judge Ray Elliott told the Associated Press back then. “He was just as happy as he could be.’’

But after sharing a 10-foot-by-15-foot cell at the Davis Correctional Facility for the last six years, Torpy regrets asking for the extra time.

“Now that I have to do that time, yes I do,’’ says Torpy. “I kind of wished that I had 30 instead of 33. Recently I’ve wisened up.


“That three is a big deal, you know? Three years matters.’’

Torpy will turn 33 this year and is not eligible for parole until 2033.

The 33 imagery doesn’t end there. Put his arms together and the tattoos on his elbows read “33.’’ He also has a small green shamrock tattooed near his eye.

“I’ll always represent Larry Bird,’’ he says. “He’ll always be on me.’’

Why Bird?

“Larry Bird is a legend,’’ he says. “To me, he supersedes all basketball legends.’’

Torpy says he was “basically clowning around’’ when he asked for more time.

“I told them, ‘Look, you might as well just give me three more and give me a number I like,’ ’’ he said. “And I’ve always liked Larry Bird. And I’ve always liked the Boston Celtics.’’

Because of all the publicity his case has generated, he thinks Bird knows about him.

“I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m an idiot,’’ says Torpy. “I mean, truthfully, most people do. My own family does, so I’m pretty sure he does, too.’’

Bird, who declined comment for this story, was a legendary NBA trash-talker known for playing mind games. Torpy denies taking a page from Bird’s playbook at his sentencing.

“I wasn’t really playing mind games with them as much as I was just trying to make it out to what I wanted it to be instead of what they wanted it to be,’’ he said.

Torpy said the district attorney and judge should never have lengthened his plea bargain agreement.

“In my mind, they became unprofessional,’’ he says. “Why feed into my game? I’m a criminal.’’

But at least he’s a famous criminal, he says. In his cell is a scrapbook that contains a photo of Bird and news clippings about himself, including one from Playboy magazine (prison authorities didn’t let him keep the photos). He says he was on ESPN, and that Jay Leno made fun of him.Continued...
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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I think he is smarter than 50% of the memebers here.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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too bad he didn't ask for a firing squad.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:36 AM   #4
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i think he is smarter than 50% of the memebers here.
33%
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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well played, except I think only 33% of the members here are smarter than him.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #6
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well played, except I think only 33% of the members here are smarter than him.
Sad, but true
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #7
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Good thing he wasnt a Dale Jr. fan.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:22 AM   #8
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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #9
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Old May 13th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #10
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So then the judge really gave him the bird.....



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