Gilbert Arenas Pleads Guilty To Carrying A Pistol Without A License

7:44 PM, Jan 16, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. The charges came late Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in DC confirmed that this count carries a five year felony charge. The U.S. Attorney's office says he will be sentenced on March 26.

9SPORTS has learned that the charge is part of a plea agreement. Arenas agreed to plead guilty to the charge in exchange for little or no jail time. The Wizards guard appeared at DC Superior Court Friday to enter his plea. It is now up to judge Robert Morin to decide whether Arenas' punishment will include jail time or simply probation and/or community service. 

Arenas and another team member allegedly pulled guns on each other in the Wizards locker room.

The news of charges came the same day police announced they would search Javaris Crittenton's home in Arlington. There is no new information about Crittenton at this time.

Arenas has already been suspended without pay by the NBA in connection with this incident.

Ken Wainstein, a partner in the Washington, DC office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and attorney for Gilbert Arenas, stated:

"Earlier this afternoon, Gilbert Arenas appeared before the Honorable Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and pled guilty to a charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license. He accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct. Mr. Arenas appreciates the professionalism of the authorities handling this matter."


The Washington Wizards issued the following statement:

"We are aware of the charge filed against Gilbert Arenas today and will continue to follow the ongoing legal process very carefully. We will also continue to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA. Beyond our previous statements on this serious and unfortunate matter, will have no further comment at this time."

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