"A 27-year-old man demanded extra prison time because he wanted to honor his basketball hero, Larry Bird.
Torpy then insisted on getting 33 years to match the uniform number Bird wore when he led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships during the 1980s, Elliott said. The judge on Oct. 18 accommodated his request.
"He told his attorney that Larry Bird was his longtime hero, and that if he was going to go to prison he wanted to go down with that number," Elliott said.
"In 26 years, I've never seen an individual request more time," Elliott said. "They're generally begging and pleading for less time. But he was as happy as he could be."
Bird, a three-time NBA MVP who is now an executive with the Indiana Pacers, did not immediately return a message left at his office.
"Maybe Bird will autograph a jersey for him," Elliott said."