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Prosecutors want three month sentence for Arenas

Mar 23, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

Prosecutors have made their recommendation — they want Gilbert Arenas to spend three months in prison, plus have three years of probation and do 300 hours of community service.

The formal sentencing is Friday.

All this stems from the charges that Arenas brought guns into the Wizards locker room at the Verizon Center to confront teammate Javaris Crittenton over a gambling debt. Arenas pled guilty in January to carrying a firearm without a permit, which is a felony. And the prosecutor is not taking this lightly, as the Washington Post’s crime blog notes.

“The defendant’s conduct since the time of the incident establishes that he has shown little genuine remorse for anything other than how this incident may affect his career,” (Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher R.) Kavanaugh wrote.

“If any other individual without fame, power and the wealth of this defendant, brought four firearms into the District for the purpose of a similar confrontation,” the prosecutor wrote, “the government would seek their incarceration and the court would almost certainly give it.”

The judge can basically do whatever he wants — go higher than the three-month recommendation, or lower. Predicting what judges will do is tricky business not meant for a basketball blog, but in a high profile case like this there almost certainly will be some jail time.

  1. Randall - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    A repeat firearms felony in DC, and he wants 3 months. Want all you want, I’m seeing a year.

  2. Frederick, MD - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    This is not Gilbert Arenas first offense with guns during his NBA career. Since he has not learned from his previous mistake and understands his responsibility and commitment to his employer, he will need to serve prison time to ensure he understands the severity of his actions. He should not be exempt or treated any different than any other citizen in the District of Columbia.

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