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February 23, 2010
Diverse headlines report on prison sentence for former NBA player Jayson Williams
The long, long, long running prosecution of former New Jersey Nets star basketball player Jayson Williams for accidentally shooting and killing his limousine driver finally reached sentencing today. And these diverse headlines make it a bit of a challenge to figure out what sentence he received:
- From CNN, "Former NBA star Jayson Williams gets five-year sentence in shooting"
- From the Herald Sun, "NBA star gets 18 months for shooting"
This snippet from the Herald Sun piece explains how all these headlines connect (and also why the case finally got to sentencing):
Williams' sentence runs 5 years, including additional charges for trying to cover up the crime, but he will be eligible for parole after 18 months with good behavior.
He had hemmed and hawed for months over the plea offer, but finally decided it was better than facing up to 10 years in prison if he was convicted at a scheduled retrial on a manslaughter charge for the February 14, 2002, shotgun killing.
February 23, 2010 at 07:38 PM | Permalink
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