Knicks’ Raymond Felton avoids jail time with plea on gun charges

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton has reached a plea agreement on two felony gun charges Monday, thus avoiding jail time.

As part of the agreement, Felton will have to plead guilty to at least one of the felony gun charges — criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree or criminal possession of a firearm.

Then, he will have to complete 500 hours of community service, pay a $5,000 fine, register as a gun offender and waive his right as a defendant to appeal the case.

As a result, Felton will be able to continue his basketball career without interruption.

“I just want to say that I want to thank the DA for being fair to me in this whole situation,” Felton said in a statement outside the Manhattan Criminal Court building. “I want to thank all my friends, my family especially, my fans, everybody just for supporting me and understanding the person I am.”

Felton was arrested on the morning of Feb. 25 following his team’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks after his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton alleged that Felton threatened her with a firearm.

Based on a criminal complaint provided by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Felton was in possession of an FN model 5.7×28 millimeter semiautomatic pistol loaded with approximately 18 rounds of live ammunition.

Raymondo-Felton went to a Manhattan police precinct and turned over the gun prior to the Knicks-Mavericks game. Court records show that Raymondo-Felton filed for divorce from Felton a week earlier.

If convicted on the two felony gun charges, Felton could have faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

“We want to thank the DA’s office for focusing on the facts and only the facts. It’s very clear that there was no proof, that there was never any proof that he ever used, threatened or pointed this gun at anyone,” Felton’s attorney, Jim Walden, said.

Felton, 29, has two years remaining on the four-year, $15 million contract with a player option he signed with the Knicks.

However, Knicks president Phil Jackson will look to trade Felton in the offseason, but that could prove difficult. Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting in 2013-14. He missed 17 games due to injury.

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