Suspended Washington Wizards star, Gilbert Arenas, dodged jail time on Friday (March 26) ordered him to 30 days in a halfway house for his highly publicized gun possession conviction.
Prosecutors suggested that the NBA star should serve a three-month jail sentence for the crime, adding that he had been lying about the entire locker room incident playing it off as a joke when it wasn’t.
However, the judge that punishment would be a bit harsh, letting him off with lighter sentence. In addition to the 30-day halfway house stay, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also sentenced Arenas to 400 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine.
“Every day, I wake up wishing it did not happen,” Arenas said to the court.
The NBA player pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in January for bringing guns into the team’s locker room in a December 21st incident, where weapons were brandished between Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton during an argument.
While both players maintain that the incident was a joke, prosecutors tried to paint the picture that it was a bit more serious than that. However, the guns were no loaded at the time.
Since it took place, both Arenas and Crittenton have been suspended for the rest of the NBA season.