Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gets 18 Months in Driver's Death

Shotgun blast killed chauffeur in 2002
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 2:40 PM CST
Former NBA star Jayson Williams turns to leave the courtroom with his attorney, Joe Hayden, at the Somerset County Court House in Somerville, NJ, Monday, Jan. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Brian Branch Price, Pool)
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(Newser) – Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded guilty today to aggravated assault charges stemming from the 2002 accidental shooting death of limo driver Costas Christofi at Williams's New Jersey estate. Under a plea deal, Williams will serve at least 18 months. The former Nets star faces myriad other legal troubles, including a drunken-driving accident last week in Manhattan.

"The public has a right to be protected from Mr. Williams,” said the DA in a failed bid to revoke Williams' bail. "His life has spiraled out of control, and his marriage is publicly in a shambles." Williams' soon-to-be-ex-wife was in court for the sentencing.
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