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article imageNBA: Jayson Williams Pleads Guilty

By Kristofor Molson     Jan 11, 2010 in Sports
Former basketball star Jayson Williams has plead guilty to the charges he is facing from 2002 after accidentally shooting a limousine driver.
Fallen basketball star Jayson Williams plead guilty on Monday morning to aggravated assault and will serve at least 18 months in prison for accidentally killing a limousine driver in his bedroom.
Williams was awaiting retrial on a reckless manslaughter count, but plead guilty to a lesser charge for the death of Costas Christofi. Williams kept his composure during the hearing as he answered "yes" and "no" questions and told the judge that he did not fully check the gun safely before snapping it closed.
The assault charge will send him to prison for a minimum of 18 months because a gun was involved. The reckless manslaughter count would have sent him to prison for a maximum 10 years sentence, but his plea agreement will have Williams serve 18 months to five years with eligibility for parole after 18 months.
Jayson was acquitted in 2004 of aggravated manslaughter and convicted of trying to cover up the crime. The jury was deadlocked on a reckless manslaughter charge and the retrial was due to start this week. Witnesses testified during the trial that Williams showed off his shotgun and shot Christofi. After that he placed the gun in the Christofi's hand and told them to lie about what happened. The defense maintained that the shooting was accidental and Jayson panicked.
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