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Suspended NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Dodges Bullet: Avoids Jail But Will Serve 30 Days in Halfway House on Gun Charge

nba-logo_1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Suspended NBA Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas dodged the bullet Friday during sentencing. He won’t be going to jail, but he will have to spend 30 days in a halfway house and two years on probation, the Associated Press reported.

The D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office had recommended a 3 month jail sentence, saying Arenas was not remorseful and was less than candid about bringing four guns to the locker room at the Verizon Center and getting into a confrontation with a teammate Javaris Crittenon.

After getting in a gambling dispute with Crittenton, he brought the guns to the Verizon Center and put them in front of Crittenton’s locker with a note that said to pick one.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin also ordered Arenas to perform 400 hours of community service and contribute $5,000 to a victims of violence fund, CNN reported.

Other Shoe Drops: 2nd NBA Player Jarvaris Crittenton Pleads Guilty of Gun Charge

Javaris Crittention

Javaris Crittention

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The other shoe dropped Monday in the gun drama involving suspended Washington Wizards’ star Gilbert Arenas.

The other figure in the scandal, Wizards player Jarvaris Crittenton, 21, who has been injured all year, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of an unregistered Firearm and was sentenced to one year probation, D.C. U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips announced.

D.C. Senior Superior Judge Bruce Beaudin  also ordered Crittenton to perform community service through the NBA’S Haiti project, and perform community service with a children’s organization in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities say Crittenton had brought a firearm to the Verizon Center in the Chinatown district of downtown in December 2009 following an argument with Arenas on a plane two days earlier.

According to a U.S. Attorney press release:

“The factual proffer presented at the plea hearing, on December 19, 2009, into the early morning hours of December 20, 2009, Crittenton and Arenas became involved in a verbal exchange following a card game.

“In a heated exchange, Arenas stated he was too old to fistfight and threatened to shoot Crittenton in the face. Crittenton responded that he would shoot Arenas in his surgically-repaired knee. On the shuttle bus from the airplane to the terminal, Arenas further stated that he was going to burn or blow up Crittenton’s car when they came to practice the following Monday. According to Crittenton, he believed that Arenas intended to harm him.”

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U.S. Atty Files Gun Charge Against Gilbert Arenas; Guilty Plea Expected Friday

Gilbert Arenas
Gilbert Arenas

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged troubled Washington Wizard star Gilbert Arenas with a felony for carrying a pistol without a license.

The charge, which came in the form of a “criminal information” in D.C. Superior Court, the city’s criminal court, normally is an indication that a plea agreement is forthcoming. The charge carries a penalty of up to 5 years, but Arenas could also get probation.

Arenas is scheduled to appear Friday before Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin where it’s likely he’ll enter a guilty plea.

The one-paragraph charging document alleged that on Dec. 21, 2009 Arenas “did carry, openly and concealed on or about his person, in a place other than his dwelling place, place of business or on other land possessed by him, a pistol without license/licenses issued pursuant to law.”

His attorney Kenneth Wainstein, the former U.S. Attorney, did not return a phone call immediately for comment.

Arenas has been suspended indefinitely and there’s a good chance he won’t be returning to the Wizards, a team that has been struggling all year. The team is in last place in the Southeast division of the Eastern Conference of the NBA with a 12 and 25 record. They are 2 and 8 in the last 10 games.

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Washington Post Reports that Suspended NBA Star Gilbert Arenas in Talks With U.S. Atty Office Over Gun Scandal

nba-logo_1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Is suspended Washington Wizards hoop star Gilbert Arenas ready to roll over and cop a gun-related plea?

The Washington Post reports that that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. and Arenas’ attorneys, who include former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein, have been in plea talks, and that Arenas could be in D.C. Superior Court as early as Thursday.

The Post, attributing information to two sources, said the negotiations could collapse.

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U.S. Atty Office Presents Grand Jury Evidence in NBA Star Gilbert Arenas’ Gun Case

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s seldom a good thing when an NBA basketball star continuously grabs more headlines off the court than on.

The Washington Wizard’s star Gilbert Arenas has fallen into that category.

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Attorneys Office here on Tuesday began presenting evidence to a D.C. Superior Court grand jury on Arenas’ gun case.

Arenas had stored four guns in his locker at the Verizon Center downtown. The Post reported that carrying a handgun without a license is a felony punishable up to five years in prison.

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