Update 08/13/2019 10:51am:
Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was hit with 3 and a half years behind bars for gun possession on Monday (August 12). During his hearing, Telfair passionately proclaimed his innocence several times.
Telfair even quoted 2Pac at one point in the hearing, stating, "They’re going to give you everything you need to destroy yourself." He also told the judge, "Please don’t take me from the society right now. I’m 34. I can go play in China for another six years, take care of my family."
Judge John Hecht responded to Telfair, telling him, "I’m not going to say very much, I’ve observed you throughout the trial. I don’t think the people disagree... the judgement in this case sir, is what the jury convicted you of ... You’ve achieved greatness in your life and this case doesn’t take that away."
Original 08/12/2019 7:17pm:
Sebastian Telfair, former high school standout and ex-NBA hooper has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon back in April. Telfair's legal troubles began when the Brooklyn native was arrested in July 2017 after police found the loaded gun in his pickup following a traffic stop in Prospect Heights. The arresting officer stated in his testimony that "the smell of marijuana was present, as was a lit marijuana cigarette in the car’s console." After searching Telfair's truck, authorities retrieved "a loaded .45 caliber gun in the console."
Following the sentencing hearing, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez remarked, "This defendant exercised his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm, [...] The mandatory prison sentence he received today is required by law and he has now been held accountable for the unlawful conduct."