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    SOMERVILLE, N.J. Former NBA star Jayson Williams was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for fatally shooting a hired limo driver in 2002, ending an eight-year legal odyssey by tearfully apologizing to the victim's family. He will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

    Williams, avoiding a retrial on a reckless manslaughter count that deadlocked the jury at his 2004 trial, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault in the death of Costas Christofi on Feb. 14, 2002. At the same 2004 trial, he was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter but convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting.

    The sentences on the assault and cover-up counts will run concurrently. State Superior Court Judge Edward Coleman went along with a plea agreement that spelled out the five-year prison sentence and the potential for Williams to be released as early as summer 2011.

    In court Tuesday, a tearful Williams turned and apologized to Andrea Adams, Christofi's sister, saying, "There's not a day I wake up that I don't feel sorry for what I did to Mr. Christofi and that I put you through this."

    Adams wrote in a letter read by a court employee that the punishment "didn't fit the crime" and spoke of "eight years of agony watching Jayson Williams prance around and live his life and acting like nothing happened."

    Williams paid Christofi's family more than $2 million in 2003 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.

    Williams had been free on bail since being charged in 2002, but was taken from the courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving his sentence.

    On the night of the shooting, the 55-year-old Christofi had driven Williams and several of the basketball player's friends to Williams' mansion after taking them to a local restaurant.

    Williams said at his plea hearing last month that he gave the group a tour of the house and showed them his gun collection in his bedroom. While showing off a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun, Williams admitted, he failed to check the safety mechanism and inspected only one of the two barrels before snapping it shut.

    The gun fired, striking Christofi once in the chest and killing him. Witnesses testified that Williams tried to cover up his involvement by initially placing the gun in Christofi's hands and instructing those present in the bedroom to lie about what happened.

    "Had the defendant exercised one ounce of caution that night, Gus Christofi would still be alive and we wouldn't be here," Deputy Attorney General Steven Farman said Tuesday.

    The legal wrangling in the case eventually took on a life of its own, beginning with a change of venue for the trial from Hunterdon County, the site of the shooting, to Somerset County.

    In 2007, defense attorneys tried to get the case tossed out after Hunterdon County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes divulged that a white investigator in his office had used a racial slur to describe Williams, who is black, in a 2002 meeting. The dispute reached the state Supreme Court, but Coleman refused to throw out the 2004 convictions or the retrial.

    Williams, who turned 42 on Monday, played nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets before a leg injury forced him to retire in 2000. He was in the second year of a six-year, $86 million contract.

    Known for his gregarious personality, Williams became an NBA analyst for NBC but was suspended after Christofi's shooting. He attempted a short-lived comeback in the minor league Continental Basketball Association in 2005.

    Williams has suffered several recent personal setbacks.

    His wife filed for divorce last year, but has attended his recent court appearances and was in court Tuesday.

    Police used a stun gun on him in a New York hotel last year after a female friend said he was acting suicidal. He was charged with assault in May after allegedly punching a man in the face outside a North Carolina bar, but charges were dropped. His father, E.J., with whom he owned a construction business, died in South Carolina in November.

    Last month he was charged with drunken driving after he crashed his SUV in Manhattan. Prosecutors said his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

    "To my family, please forgive me for the pain I've caused you," Williams said Tuesday as he read from a statement. "You deserve a better father, a better brother and son than I have been. I am not a bad man, but I acted badly on Feb. 14. I will work endlessly to improve myself and make positive contributions to society."

    http://www.comcast.net/articles/news...yson.Williams/
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  • #2
    why did this take so long to solve?


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sam View Post
      why did this take so long to solve?
      im guessing because hes famous. his lawyer prob kept pushing it back
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      • #4
        kills a guy, 8 years later he goes to jail sentenced to 5 but he will be out in less than 1. not to mention he wont even be around any else in jail bc he is famous.
        Steelers|KU Jayhawks|USC

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        • #5
          he gives a good tip for delivering kegs to his place

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          • #6
            Originally posted by blair View Post
            kills a guy, 8 years later he goes to jail sentenced to 5 but he will be out in less than 1. not to mention he wont even be around any else in jail bc he is famous.

            I hear yuh...If I did that shit...I would have been locked up alot quicker and already be well into my 10-15 year sentence.
            FUCK


            WE MUST FIGHT INJUSTICE SYSTEM
            HAVE NO RIGHTS INJUSTICE SYSTEM

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            • #7
              watched this live on truTV yesterday....nuts
              NO MERCY - DECEMBER 7TH

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              • #8
                some fights ain't fight worthy...Jersey

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                • #9
                  up for parole in 18 months
                  No regrets, nicca no regards
                  I know the bar, raise mine, yall can lower yalls
                  What I lack in talent, I normally show in heart
                  Prolly why they want the encore before the show can start

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                  • #10
                    [edit] Legal incidents

                    In 1992, Williams was accused of breaking a beer mug over a patron's head at a saloon in Chicago. Two years later, he was accused of firing a semiautomatic weapon into the parking lot at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. He was never criminally charged in either case.

                    [edit] Murder/manslaughter charges

                    In the spring of 2002, Williams was tried for the shooting death of 55-year-old limousine driver Costas "Gus" Christofi at Williams's estate in Alexandria Township, New Jersey on February 14, 2002.[2] Christofi had been hired to drive Williams's NBA charity team from a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania event to his mansion, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Trenton, New Jersey. Members of Williams's NBA charity basketball team were present at the scene. The New York Post reported that Williams was playing with a shotgun while giving a tour of his 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) home when the weapon fired, killing Christofi.

                    That April, Williams was acquitted of the more serious charges against him, but the court's jury deadlocked on a charge of reckless manslaughter. He was convicted on four counts of trying to cover up the shooting. In January 2003, the family of Costas "Gus" Christofi settled with Williams in a wrongful death civil lawsuit for $2.75 million.

                    On April 21, 2006, a Hunterdon County appeals court ruled that Williams could be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge stemming from the shooting death of Christofi.[3][4] The court repeatedly delayed the retrial for a series of reasons, such as the State's 2008 appeal of a ruling relating to prosecutorial misconduct at the first trial.[5]

                    On January 11, 2010, Williams plead guilty to aggravated assault.[6] On February 23, 2010, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison with possible parole after 18 months. [7] Jayson Williams sentenced to 5 years in prison on 2/23/10

                    Ex-NBA star will be eligible for parole in 18 months for killing limo driver

                    updated 3:48 p.m. ET, Tues., Feb. 23, 2010 SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Former NBA star Jayson Williams was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for fatally shooting a hired limo driver in 2002, ending an eight-year legal odyssey by tearfully apologizing to the victim's family. He will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

                    Williams, avoiding a retrial on a reckless manslaughter count that deadlocked the jury at his 2004 trial, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault in the death of Costas Christofi on Feb. 14, 2002. At the same 2004 trial, he was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter but convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting.

                    The sentences on the assault and cover-up counts will run concurrently. State Superior Court Judge Edward Coleman went along with a plea agreement that spelled out the five-year prison sentence and the potential for Williams to be released as early as summer 2011.

                    [edit] Tasering incident

                    The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported on April 27, 2009, that Jayson Williams was stunned with a taser in a New York City hotel by members of the NYPD after reports that Williams had become suicidal and violent. Upon entering the Manhattan hotel room police said that Williams was visibly intoxicated, and that empty bottles of prescription medications were found around the room. Officers stunned him with the taser and took him to a hospital.[8]

                    [edit] Raleigh bar fight

                    Williams was arrested on May 24, 2009, for allegedly punching a man in the face at a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was charged with simple assault. Later the charges were dropped by the alleged victim. [9]

                    [edit] DWI charge

                    Williams was charged January 5, 2010 with driving while intoxicated after an early morning accident in Manhattan.[10]
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayson_...egal_incidents
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                    • #11
                      This guys life story has always intrigued me...some crazy stuff.
                      I got two grand in my pocket, thats just itchin' to turn into 12 bucks & a hang over..

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