Ex-NBA Star Cops Plea in 2002 Shooting

Jayson Williams averts retrial, expected to serve 18 months
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 12:09 PM CST
Former NBA star Jayson Williams listens to his defense attorney question former first assistant prosecutor Steven Lember, not pictured, during a hearing in Somerville, NJ Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Former New Jersey Net Jayson Williams has agreed to a plea bargain in the 2002 shooting death of a limo driver and the subsequent attempt to cover up his involvement. Under the deal, he will plead guilty tomorrow to aggravated assault, receive a sentence of 3 years, and serve a minimum of 18 months before being eligible for parole. Williams was about to stand trial on a reckless manslaughter charge for the second time and could have faced 13 years, the Star-Ledger reports. (Read more Jayson Williams stories.)