ON THE SIDELINES : University Swindler Gets Prison

From Times Wire Services

Luther Darville, a fired University of Minnesota administrator convicted of swindling the school out of $186,000, was sentenced today to 18 months in the state prison in Stillwater.

Darville, who had contended unsuccessfully that he gave the money to Gopher football and basketball players at the direction of his supervisors, was given 18 months on the first count of theft by swindle, 15 months for a second count and one year plus one day for a third count. The terms were made concurrent.

With time off for good behavior and credit for 111 days he already has served, Darville could be released from Stillwater in about nine months.

Darville then will have to serve at least five months of a six-month term in the Hennepin County workhouse. That sentence was for contempt of court for refusing to answer some questions during his recent trial in District Court.

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