Former NBA Player Craig Ehlo Pleads Guilty to Reckless Burning

In early August, former NBA player Craig Ehlo’s name randomly popped up across the newsfeed, as it was reported that Ehlo was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Turns out Ehlo lit a bunch of clothes on fire during a dispute—no one was reportedly harmed—and he has now pled guilty to Second Degree Reckless Burning. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but 363 of them—minus the one he already served—have reportedly been suspended. Per “Former NBA star Craig Ehlo entered a guilty plea Wednesday morning according to court officials. Superior court workers said Ehlo pleaded guilty to a one count of Second Degree Reckless Burning. The charge is a misdemeanor. The judge sentenced Ehlo to 364 days in jail. However, 363 of those days were suspended according to court records. Ehlo received credit for the one day he served when he was arrested in August. Court documents said Craig Ehlo lit clothes on fire on August 1 causing damage to his home in South Spokane. He was allegedly fighting with family when he lit his clothes on fire with gasoline. The documents also said family members had to hold him down until deputies arrived at the home. No one was hurt during the incident. … Ehlo was last scheduled to appear in court on August 14th but did not show up. His lawyer said Ehlo had entered a program for six weeks. The judge granted permission for Ehlo to leave the state to seek treatment. The 51-year-old recently coached at Eastern Washington University and resigned July 11. Ehlo played at Washington State University 1981-1983 and was drafted into the NBA by the Houston Rockets. He played for 14 seasons with the Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle SuperSonics.”