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Wizards' Gilbert Arenas to be sentenced for gun crime

Star Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court Friday to be sentenced for the gun crime he admitted to in January.

Arenas, 28, pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to ask for more than six months in jail.

Arenas. (Post)

Prosecutors from the District's U.S. Attorney's Office asked that Arenas be sentenced to at least three months in jail in a memo to the court filed earlier in the week.

In a separate memo, Arenas's attorney argued that his client should be placed on probation for six months to two years and perform community service.

Both memos are available in PDF format on the Crime Scene blog.

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 26, 2010; 8:42 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities , From the Courthouse , The District  
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He needs to be sentenced to jail with no probation. Had it been an every day citizen, the person would have had to serve jail time. The public needs to know that regardless of social status, if you break the law, you will go to jail.

Posted by: linroy62 | March 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas is a good citizen and has been nothing less than GREAT to the people of DC, MD, VA. He does'nt deserve jail time. He did'nt harm anyone and the guns were'nt loaded. I think this is a lesson learned for him and Javaris Crittendon. I also feel like community service and probation would be the ideal sentence for a case such as this one that is non violent. DC has a more serious issue than this such as everyday thugs in the streets of the city that just dont care. I say call all hands on deck for the city and focus on the real criminals.

Posted by: keshjahkamya | March 26, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

i don't want gilbert to go to jail. period. he's a good guy.

at the same time, we have a gun violence problem in dc. i don't want to send a message to the public that you can get away with flashing guns like it's no big deal.

it's this type of intimidation tactics that lead up to violence. we have to stop this way of thinking and being.

so i hope they don't send gilbert to jail. but i wish gilbert would choose to serve some jail time. (though who would choose to do that?)

Posted by: mirlan | March 26, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Uh, could they tell us what time the hearing is?

Posted by: merzydoats | March 26, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

@merzydoats... Hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m... (The editors)

Posted by: Washington Post editors | March 26, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Lock his a$$ up!

Posted by: gchris01 | March 26, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Don't lock him up! Just make him do community service like teach little kids how to play basketball or something!

Posted by: stephstratos | March 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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