Ex-UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad’s father gets 37 months in prison

Former UCLA basketball star Shabazz Muhammad, center, poses for a photo with his parents in Las Vegas. 

Gina Ferazzi

A federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas.

Ron Holmes pleaded guilty in December in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a $2.5-million mortgage fraud scheme.

Holmes, who played basketball at USC from 1981 to 1985, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must pay $1.7 million in restitution. He’s been under house arrest in Las Vegas since late May.

Holmes had requested 366 days in prison plus community service. Prosecutors wanted the 37 months.

In a sentencing brief filed last week, prosecutors alleged Holmes told the FBI he received a loan from a marketing company based on Muhammad’s future earnings in professional basketball.

Muhammad plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves after spending one season at UCLA, then being selected in the first round of June’s NBA draft.

Nathan Fenno