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Former NBA Point Guard Sebastian Telfair Sentenced 3.5 Years for Gun Possession

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  1. Clips/Roxfan

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    Former NBA Point Guard Sebastian Telfair Sentenced 3.5 Years for Gun Possession

    By Michael Shapiro
    August 12, 2019
    Former NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair was sentenced 3.5 years in prison for gun possession on Monday, Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez announced in a statement on Monday.

    Telfair was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in April after police recovered a gun from his car during a traffic stop arrest in July 2017.

    “This defendant exercised his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm," Gonzalez wrote. "The mandatory prison sentence he received today is required by law and he has now been held accountable for the unlawful conduct."

    Telfair played for eight teams in his 10-year NBA career, averaging 7.4 points per game. He left the NBA after a short stint with the Thunder in 2014-15.

    The Brooklyn native was drafted by the Blazers in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in March 2004 as a point guard at Lincoln High School.



    https://www.si.com/nba/2019/08/12/sebastian-telfair-sentenced-gun-possession-nba-point-guard
     
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    3.5 years for having a gun? Seems high to me in a country where so many people have guns coming out their ears?
     
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    Agreed with this. Jail time for just possessing a gun seems ridiculous...much less 3.5 years.

    I get maybe slapping him with X hours of community service and mandatory gun training / a "be smarter about this sh*t" talking-to. But jail time? wtf?
     
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    I agree. A heavy fine and a stern warning should have been sufficient.
     
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    Was reading around and some sources state he was in possession of 3 guns, and also serving a 3 year probation for a prior offense.

    Also if anyone can recall, New York has some of the more stricter gun laws in the the US.

    Sucks but it's not he shouldn't have been aware of the laws regarding guns.
     
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    Why tf did he excuse his right to a trail? There has to be more to this story.
     
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    That's too much. These jails are corporate owned by credit card companies. They need to get paid I guess.
     
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    Typically you are offered a solid deal, like a 1/5th of your potential jail time, if you plead guilty.

    If he want to trial and lost, the penalty likely would have been higher.
     
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    That's why you buy an NRA membership and plant a Don't Tread On Me flag in your front lawn. Then it's just a case of misunderstanding -- a patriotic American exercising his 2nd amendment rights instead of a black man packing heat.
     
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    Sure there is more. He didn't follow the trail!

    ;-)
     
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    Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair gets over 3 years on weapons charges

    By Elizabeth Rosner and Tina Moore

    He’s quite the bawler.

    Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair landed three and a half years behind bars Monday on weapons raps — after suffering an emotional meltdown, crying and yelling, in Brooklyn court.

    “Please don’t take me from society right now,’’ said the onetime Abraham Lincoln HS star from Brooklyn in a rambling statement.

    “I am 34. I can go play in China for six years and take care of my family. I’m waiting for my daughter right now to get her period. Real mental illness because I wasn’t around … She hasn’t even gotten her period yet.”

    Shouting and crying as he spoke, Telfair added, “Sebastian Telfair is going to jail for a … victimless crime.

    “Put a gun in his hand and fight for us n—a … I go to the gun store. I got an American Express.’’

    Minutes earlier, Telfair walked into the courtroom dressed all in black saying, “God on the throne, that’s what my mother says, God still sits on the throne.’’

    The former Portland Trailblazers and Minnesota Timberwolves player — who once graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004 under the headline “Watch Me Now’’ — had faced up to 15 years in the slammer.

    Telfair was stopped in his Ford F-150 pickup truck in Brooklyn in 2017 for driving without his lights on and illegally parking on the median of Atlantic Avenue. Cops then found three loaded handguns, a submachine gun, ammunition, extended magazines and a ballistic vest during a search of his vehicle.

    Telfair told The Post on Monday before his sentencing that the weapons were his and legally licensed, although in Florida. He was not licensed to have them in New York.

    He claimed he didn’t know they were in the car because he was going through a divorce at the time and had movers put some of his stuff in his truck and drive it up for him from Florida to the city, before he got it back again.

    The larger weapon was out of sight in an ottoman in the back of the truck, he said, while the handguns were locked in consoles.

    The only people watching him now will be prison guards....

    Telfair said the search of his vehicle was illegal because the officers didn’t have a warrant.

    The cops said they smelled pot coming from the car and that gave them cause to search. They turned up a marijuana cigarette in addition to the weapons. Telfair said the pot wasn’t his. He was driving with a friend at the time.

    The judge refused to side with Telfair on the warrant issue.

    Still, his claim was investigated internally by the NYPD, a high-ranking police source told The Post on Monday.

    The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau was looking into whether the cops were lying about having probable cause to search the truck, the source said.

    But Telfair’s assistant told The Post on Monday that IAB eventually sided with the officers.

    https://nypost.com/2019/06/18/new-twist-in-sebastian-telfair-case-helps-him-dodge-sentencing/
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    Sebastian Telfair goes from Sports Illustrated cover star to jailbird

    By Emily Saul and Tamar Lapin

    The only people watching him now will be prison guards.

    Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004 under the headline “Watch Me Now,” completed a total fall from grace on Wednesday when he was convicted of gun possession charges.

    The basketball prodigy out of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn had the world on a string when he was selected 13th overall in the 2004 NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers, getting the chance to skip college and go pro as a teenager.

    But the career of the cousin of NBA star Stephon Marbury never took off — he spent 10 middling seasons bouncing between eight NBA teams and never averaged more than 10 points a game.

    Things started to turn upside down off the court back in 2006 when a gold necklace valued at $50,000 was allegedly ripped from his neck outside Sean “P Diddy” Combs’ restaurant in Chelsea 30 minutes before rapper Fabulous was shot in the leg. Cops at the time were investigating if the two incidents were related.

    A year later, cops found a .45-caliber handgun in his car during a traffic stop on the Bronx River Parkway after pulling him over for going 77 mph in a 45 mph zone and driving with a suspended Florida license.

    Then a Minnesota Timberwolves player, Telfair claimed he had no clue where the firearm came from. He ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and copped three years’ probation in 2008.

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    Back on the court, Telfair tried to restart his tanking NBA career by signing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, a Chinese professional basketball team for the 2013-2014 CBA season. The then-28-year-old worked his way back to the NBA for the 2014 season, his final in the league, during which he averaged 8.4 points a game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.


    But Telfair, who was the subject of the 2005 sports documentary “Through the Fire,” was arrested again in 2017 after cops found three loaded pistols, a gas-operated submachine gun, ammunition, extended magazine and a ballistic vest in his Ford F-150 pickup truck. He had been driving through Brooklyn without his headlights on, and then parked illegally on an Atlantic Avenue median, drawing the cops’ attention.

    A single tear could be seen dripping down his cheek in Brooklyn court Wednesday, when he was convicted.

    Telfair is facing up to 15 years in jail. His sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

    https://nypost.com/2019/04/25/sebastian-telfair-goes-from-sports-illustrated-cover-star-to-jailbird/
     
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    I stopped reading at period. Bro you don't talk about that.
     
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    He should know better. He's from NY where they have strict gun law. He ain't from Texas.
     
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    He got his license in FL. States should honor each other's **** and not throw three years despite that.

    Gun control regs is one thing. This is just finding an excuse to lock a guy up
     
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    Well, there was more to the story than what I read at first. I didn't know sub-machine guns were legal anywhere, not if they are more than semi-automatic. You can purchase an Uzi, but only if it isn't automatic. There's a difference. Sounds like the guy is really screwed up, regardless. Why he thought he could drive around New York City with an arsenal in his car smoking pot is beyond me. Telfair likely needs to spend some time in a hospital and get on some meds. Looks like he'll be spending time behind bars, instead. Crazy.
     
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    That is true. Especially in NY and CA, you can steal and beat the crap out of someone and get away with it. But carry a legally owned gun, OH NO!!! They treat you like a mass murderers while all the thief, crackheads, and wife beaters are out there committing crime, but the DA won't prosecute so the cops just give up arresting these guys

    I mean, if you get beaten up, get your stuff snatched, etc, don't bother calling the cops in CA because they won't even come unless you're in "immediate" danger or report someone carrying a legally owned gun.

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    Thefts of opportunity are out of control. Santa Monica is one of the wealthiest cities in America. One website states, you have a 1 in 130 chance of being a victim of a violent crime and that we are now safer than just 4% of California cities. If we gather 21 of us together in our town at least one will be the victim of a property crime. That’s astounding, especially when crime in the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County declined in 2018.

    Last week, I was at a Mid-City Neighborhood meeting and the chairperson related that her garage and car had been broken into recently. I asked if SMPD came out and took a report. She told me that she didn’t think they would do anything and thought the trip to police headquarters would be a waste. She didn’t bother to file a report.

    I was at a SMart meeting the previous week and one of our members told me that someone had jumped into his backyard and attempted to open the door to his house. He also didn’t bother calling the police. His rationale: nobody made it inside."
     
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    3.5 is almost never 3.5 years. Other states may operate differently, but in Arkansas possessing an illegal firearm usually carries a parole eligibility of 1/6 of the sentence.
     
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