Felton sentenced to community service in gun case

 

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New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton was sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to a gun charge in a New York court on Wednesday.

Felton will perform 500 hours of community service and was also issued a fine of $5,000 after his guilty plea, which stemmed from a February arrest while he played for the New York Knicks.

The Mavericks acquired Felton in a trade with New York last month. Just two days before the deal, Felton reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to avoid jail time. He will be able to perform his community service outside the state of New York.

Felton, then playing for the Knicks, turned himself in to authorities in February, hours after a game against the Mavericks, and was charged with felony possession of a firearm. New York has strict gun possession laws, which normally carry automatic jail sentences.

Reports in February had indicated that Felton's estranged wife and her attorney brought the gun to police. The two were in the middle of a divorce.

There was speculation at the time that Felton had threatened the woman with the weapon, but that was never established.

Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points and 5.6 assists for the Knicks last season.

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