Three plead guilty in fixing case

Updated: August 23, 2012, 10:57 AM ET
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SAN DIEGO -- Three men have pleaded guilty in an alleged scheme to fix a University of San Diego Toreros basketball game.

U-T San Diego reports Steve Goria, Richard Garmo and Paul Thweni entered pleas to various charges earlier this month and each face up to five years in prison.

They were among 10 people charged with running a sports betting business to fix West Coast Conference games. The others included Brandon Johnson, the school's all-time leading scorer, former coach T.J. Brown and former player Brandon Dowdy.

In their plea agreements, Goria, Garmo and Thweni said they placed Las Vegas casino bets on a 2010 game after bribing Johnson.

Johnson's attorney, Oliver Cleary, declined to comment Wednesday. However, he previously denied throwing the game.

Three other defendants had previously pleaded guilty to charges in the case, including Richard Thweni, who is Paul's brother. As part of the plea agreement in May, Richard Thweni admitted to operating a sports book between January 2009 and April 2011, and trying to collect an outstanding gambling debt.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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