Rude was in the courtroom Tuesday but didn't want to speak. Gipson listened by telephone and said he was satisfied with the sentencing, according to assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach.
"Mr. Washington had a basketball career at the University of Charleston -- with a full ride, as I understand it -- and threw it all away. He threw it all away on two violent attacks in downtown Charleston," Giggenbach said.
Washington's attorney, William Harding, asked Bloom to grant probation, saying he believed because of his client's young age he had time to turn his life around.
After apologizing to the victims, Washington said he regretted what he had done.
"I apologize to my family and to UC for putting them through this heartache," Washington said. "Being under the influence clouded my judgment ... and I take full responsibility for my actions." His family wiped tears from their eyes in the hallway after the sentencing.
Giggenbach pointed out, however, that Washington participated in two violent attacks.
"That's not a probation case; that's a prison case," he said.
Bloom agreed, "This wasn't a one-time event," he said before handing down the sentence.
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