NBA: Former Net Jayson Williams Sentenced To 5 Years In Fatal Shooting

By all accounts Jason Williams was a good guy while playing in the NBA.  His teammates and the media loved him and he was always seen with a big smile on his face.  After his playing days where over, his life has been a nightmare.  On Valentines Day in 2002, a limo driver died because of a drunken accident involving a gun that was in Williams hands.  In a plea deal, Jason will now spend most of his forties in jail.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for fatally shooting a hired limo driver in 2002, ending an eight-year legal odyssey by tearfully apologizing to the victim's family. He will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

Williams, avoiding a retrial on a reckless manslaughter count that deadlocked the jury at his 2004 trial, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault in the death of Costas Christofi on Feb. 14, 2002. At the same 2004 trial, he was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter but convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting


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