Originally created 06/19/97

Tyson probation terms modified



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mike Tyson will be able to travel more freely, including overseas, under a modification of the terms of his probation, court records show.

Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford signed an order this week modifying Tyson's probation and transferring jurisdiction over the former heavyweight champion from Ohio authorities to the Marion County Probation Department.

Tyson, convicted of raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in his Indianapolis hotel room in 1991, now will be required to check in by telephone once a month with Marion County's chief probation officer, George Walker. His probation is scheduled to continue through March 1999.

Tyson was released from an Indiana prison in March 1995 after serving nearly three years of a six-year sentence. He also was sentenced to four years' probation.

Tyson will attempt to regain his WBA heavyweight title when he fights Evander Holyfield on June 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He lost the title to Holyfield at the same site on Nov. 9 when the fight was stopped in the 11th round.