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Star Wizards Guard Pleads Guilty in Felony Gun Case, Could Get 6 Months

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A star Washington Wizards guard pleaded guilty today in a felony gun possession case concerning a much-publicized locker-room incident in December.

A conviction on the charge qualifies for a sentence of as much as five years in prison, but a plea agreement calls for Gilbert Arenas to get no more than a six-month term, reports the Washington Post. He will be sentenced in March in the District of Columbia Superior Court case.

The 28-year-old Arenas, who seemingly made his situation worse after admittedly bringing unloaded, unlicensed handguns into the team’s locker room by publicly joking about the incident, says he misunderstood a change in local gun laws. He says he wanted to store four firearms in his locker so that his children could not access them at his Virginia home, Bloomberg recounts.

In stark contrast to photographs earlier this month that showed him making gun-like gestures with his hands and apparently led to an unpaid suspension from the National Basketball Association that could cost eventually him close to $100 million, Arenas has his head down and looks somber in photographs concerning today’s court hearing.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Star Wizards Guard Charged With Gun Felony in Locker-Room Incident”

ABAJournal.com: “Law Prof’s Advice to Suspended Wizards Guard: Turn Off Twitter”

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