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by Paul on 07/26/11 at 05:57 PM ET
from iNews 880,
Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is accepting his punishment.
The veteran puck stopper, found guilty of extreme DUI and speeding in Arizona last August, abandoned his appeal of the convictions and 30-day jail term he was handed.
According to a representative of Scottsdale City Court, he will spend 15 days in jail, with the other 15 days to be served at home with an electronic monitoring device. Khabibulin must also enter an alcohol treatment program.
Update 6:01pm ET:
From Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, (pieced together via Twitter)—
From Khabibulin’s attorney Mark DuBiel: fine was paid in full today by Khabibulin, who is currently in AZ. Khabibulin will start serving jail part of sentence in “next few days,” DuBiel said. Final 15 days is house arrest w/ ankle bracelet and random alcohol testing. He will be allowed to leave for 12 hours a day, which will be for hockey-related purposes, DuBiel said.
This was entirely Khabibulin’s decision, DuBiel said. DuBiel and team felt they had a strong case, but Khabibulin wanted this behind him. A court date hadn’t even been set yet by appellate court. After court date, it would have taken a few weeks for decision (maybe end August). If court agreed and overturned ruling, a new trial would have been taken place.
No more court dates after this, DuBiel said, and no word on whether Khabibulin will be in Tent City or other jail facility.
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