Former NBA point guard sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2019

He was driving a Ford F-150 with a friend around 2.50am on June 11, 2017 when police said they pulled over the duo because their truck's headlights weren't on.

Inside, the officers found three loaded handguns, a gas-powered submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest. On Monday, he bawled in a NY judicial court.

Former NBA guard Sebastian Telfair has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for possession of a loaded gun, Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez announced in a statement on Monday.

At his hearing Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, a reportedly agitated Telfair said: "Please don't take me from the society right now".

Speaking with the newspaper prior to Monday's sentencing, Telfair said the guns were all his, and all legal. I got an American Express, ' he added.

Telfair said he did not know the guns were in his vehicle as he was in the process of moving to NY while he was going through a divorce. He claimed to have told movers to put some stuff in his truck and other belongings in a moving truck. Out of high school, Telfair was heralded as one of the most promising young players in the game, and was even featured on the cover of SLAM Magazine alongside LeBron James. The arresting officer stated in his testimony that "the smell of marijuana was present, as was a lit marijuana cigarette in the car's console". He never lived up to the hype in the pros, but did play a decade in the National Basketball Association for eight different teams, finishing with career averages of 7.4 points and 3.5 assists per game.

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