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article imageLakers' Jordan Hill charged with choking girlfriend

By Layne Weiss     May 2, 2012 in Crime
Houston - Jordan Hill of the LA Lakers has been charged with third with 3rd degree felony assault, CBS News reports. Hill is accused of choking his girlfriend during a fight in Houston.
ESPN reports that Hill could be sentenced to between two and ten years in prison, and be required to pay a $100,000 fine if found guilty.
Hill was a member of the Houston Rockets are the time of the incident, which took place on February 29, the LA Times reports.
According to officials, the victim, Darlene Luna, 28, allegedly threw 2 cell phones on the floor. Hill, 24, became angry, and allegedly began hitting her, CBS reports.
Records say that the "defendant grabbed and pulled her off the couch and dragged her over to where the phones were and threw against the wall." Ms. Luna stated that Hill "put her into a choke hold" which caused "restriction to her breathing causing her to gasp for air."
On Monday, Hill issued a statement about the allegations against him:
"I'm saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today," he said. "At this time, I cannot comment further other than to say that my attorneys are working to gather all of the facts and evidence and I plan to cooperate completely with the authorities. I'd like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the untimeliness of these accusations. I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship."
The Lakers organization also issued a statement on the matter Monday.
"We are aware of the media reports alleging an incident involving Jordan Hill from two months ago when he was a member of the Houston Rockets," the statement said. "We do not have any details regarding these reports and therefore, as well as due to the personal and legal aspects, it would not be appropriate for us to comment. Any further inquiries regarding this should be directed to Jordan's representative."
Hill played Tuesday in game 2 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. He had 6 points, 10 rebounds, and a block, url= t=_blank]Rotoworld reports.
His status for Tuesday's game was questionable as he was originally required to appear in court in Houston, but according to the LA Times, his agent confirmed that he did not have to appear in Houston.
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