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Gilbert Arenas begins sentence in Montgomery jail

Washington Post editors

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas began serving his sentence Friday night when he arrived at the Montgomery County Detention Center at 7:40 p.m., jail officials said.

Arenas pleaded guility to a gun charge in the District and a judge sentenced him to two years probation with the first 30 days at a halfway house. But the first two days of that must be spent at the county jail.

Arenas, 28, is serving his time in Montgomery County because the county has a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to take certain offenders. In Arenas's case, he was put on probation by a judge in the federally supported court system of Washington, D.C. The prisons bureau pays the tab.

Federal officials chose a Montgomery halfway house near the White Flint Mall because of its reputation as a halfway house that is run with the discipline of a prison. The facility screens visitors and can keep Arenas safe from celebrity seekers and other convicts. "It's to protect Gilbert. It's a command and control operation where nonsense will not be permitted," said a federal source with knowledge of the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about the case.

Montgomery officials have federal probationers spend the two days in traditional lockup to give them a taste of real confinement should they break rules down the road, as well as full medical and psychological screenings by the detention center's staff.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post editors  |  April 9, 2010; 7:54 PM ET
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Do ur time Gil' then come out and smazh the league! Ur boi JP!

Posted by: 50midgets | April 9, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

All the halfway prisoners serving time in the same halfway house with Gilbert will be having a grand ole time for 28 days. Gilbert's going to install wireless internet service with laptops, X-Box's, PS3s & I-Pods for everybody (including the guards). Each room will have at least a 46' inch plasma/Direct TV combo with Warden Norton getting the 72' delivered to his office. Everyone's going to be watching the NBA Playoffs in style. To stay in shape for the upcoming season, Gilbert's already scheduled for cement to be laid in the backyard this weekend for a b-ball court to go along with the fitness center he's adding on to the house. Let's not forget about him firing up that new giant size hibachi grill. Every evening, Gilbert will be grillin' steaks, seafood, chicken & zucchini just to name a few, and before the inmates head out to work every morning, they'll get a chance to bite into a delicious healthy meal that'll consist of fresh fruit, fresh pastries, freshly squeezed juices and delicious Starbuck's coffee. Compliments of Agent Zero of course! If there isn't a decent air condition unit already installed, there will be one before the temperatures hit the mid 80's. Yep, for 28 days, Gilbert will be just as appreciated as Andy Dufresne. Get busy living...

Posted by: akjproductions | April 10, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

I think Arenas got off way too easy in terms of judicial punishment. On a different level..it might have been a worse punishment to make him play in all remaining home games..returning to the half way house after each game.
Did Gil have permits for all his guns? He had to conceal them in bringing them into the V. center.
Step one: Ted takes over the team.
Step two: Ted fires Ernie.
Step three: Ted hires a proven GM.
Step four: Arenas gets traded for a number
one draft pick(lottery).

Posted by: blazerguy234 | April 10, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

no one is giving up a number 1 for this fool

Posted by: bestmick1 | April 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Dear blazerguy234,

Get your facts straight.

1. Gilbert lives in VA and a VA resident (non felon) does not need a permit to own a gun in VA or most if not ALL states in the US. In most states you must pass a backgound check to buy a handgun except those states that allow unregulated transfer from a resident to another resident.

2. In most states, read that as not DC or NY city, it is legal to transport a firearm if it is in a case/container and unloaded. In fact, Federal law which trumps state law allows the transfer of unloaded, cased firearms thru ANY jurisdiction (yes even DC or NY)as long as the firearm is legal at its orgin and destination.

Look it up.

Posted by: xxxxx2 | April 10, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Serving time at a halfway house is not a sentence! It's an inconveinience! If I went into work waving a gun around I have no doubt they would find a nice cell for me.

Posted by: sbf845 | April 10, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It appears that WaPo blogs need not pass editorial scrutiny. Your headline, "Gilbert Arenas begins his sentence; turns self into MoCo Jail," violates basic rules of English grammar and, in so doing, is a parody of journalism. Saying Arenas turns himself "into" the jail, rather than "in to" the jail, literally communicates that Arenas somehow became the MoCo jail, which is obviously absurd.

It's one thing for the great mass of unlettered illiterates populating the blogosphere not to know how to use proper English, but one would hope that a journalist publishing under the Washington Post's hard-earned brand would have higher standards.

Posted by: salescoach | April 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, this blog is pretty much like all the others I've read - a real waste of time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

How about publishing a picture of the THUG Arenas in an orange jumpsuit. This guy is nobody's hero!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 12, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I have yet to see one single person explain why they are so angry at Arenas - other than the usual "if I took a gun to work blah, blah, blah." Actually, if you work in VA and had a conceal permit, you could take a gun to work unless your work contract specifically forbids it. I am actually a gun-control advocate; I would love to see most "non-hunting" weapons completely banned, but until they are I stand by the fact that I believe Gilbert was actually over-punished for what he did.

Posted by: juliagraffam | April 12, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

At this point I have already said that it is the system babying an athlete... if this was you or me, we would be A) Arrested and Jailed B) Fired from our job and have a reputation for future employers... hindering us the chance to obtain a better job. What also got me is that he has a previous gun violation... which means this is not the first time! kids and convicts a like now will use this as precedence... if Gilbert can do this, I can... nothing will happen to me. This is as bad as that 14 yr old that was charged with 41 counts but cannot be tried as an adult... his wrap sheet is long and distinguished since the age of 9 but the law says that he can be at a juvi rehab center until 21 then free to go... he now has 7 years to hone his violent and criminal craft! DC laws are a joke, this case is a joke and Gilbert is a Joke but it is what it is... now onto something that actually matters!

Posted by: rvanags | April 12, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

At this point I have already said that it is the system babying an athlete... if this was you or me, we would be A) Arrested and Jailed B) Fired from our job and have a reputation for future employers... hindering us the chance to obtain a better job. What also got me is that he has a previous gun violation... which means this is not the first time! kids and convicts a like now will use this as precedence... if Gilbert can do this, I can... nothing will happen to me. This is as bad as that 14 yr old that was charged with 41 counts but cannot be tried as an adult... his wrap sheet is long and distinguished since the age of 9 but the law says that he can be at a juvi rehab center until 21 then free to go... he now has 7 years to hone his violent and criminal craft! DC laws are a joke, this case is a joke and Gilbert is a Joke but it is what it is... now onto something that actually matters!

Posted by: rvanags


Ramblings of a fool.
How could you compare Gil's foolishness to that of a 14 year old murderer?

Gil has been sentenced and adequately so, let it go.

How many people do you know personally, who drive while intoxicated, or some other socially aceepted crime (smoke weed, underage drinking)? Are you as harsh to them?

The biggest issue with most of the people who are hyper critical in this matter is that Gil is an overpaid athlete and he is not down on ris knees thanking you for allowing him to be. Get a life, there are far worse things going on in this world than what Gil did.

Posted by: zxhoya | April 13, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

This overpaid punk scrub should be in jail.

He's such a joke, on and off the court

Posted by: Max_in_Missouri | April 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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