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Former NBA player, Telfair sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for possession of weapons

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DescriptionSebastian Telfair© AP Photo/David Zalubowski

TASS, 13 Aug. Former player of the National basketball Association (NBA) Sebastian Telfair sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for possession of weapons. On Tuesday reported the AP.

The incident occurred on 11 June 2017, when at 02:50 local time, police Brooklyn stopped a car for violating traffic rules, at the wheel which there was Telfair. Law enforcement officials saw that the player smoked marijuana, and after inspection of the cabin was discovered a loaded .45-caliber. It is noted that the former athlete was convicted earlier this year on the case, but the 34-year-old player used the right of trial by jury, which rendered a verdict.

“Mandatory prison sentences that he received, required by law, he was prosecuted for illegal behavior,” said the Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Earlier in 2007 Telfair was sentenced to three years probation for possession of a loaded gun. Then he pleaded guilty, and the NBA has imposed on the player a 3 match suspension.

In 2004, Telfair was voted the best player in College hoops USA, received the award “Mr. basketball”, and in the NBA draft in 2004, the player was selected under 13-m number in the first round of team Portland. In the NBA, the defender has played a total of 10 seasons (2004-2015), where he played 564 games in the regular Championships for the team, “Portland”, “Boston”, “Minnesota”, “Los Angeles clippers”, “Phoenix”, “Toronto”, “Oklahoma”. On average he spent on the court 21.5 minutes, gaining 7.4 points and making the 3.5 assists. He also played for the Chinese team “Tianjin of Gungan”, “Xinjiang Flying tigers” and “Fujian Sunsin”, ending his career in 2017.

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