By Melva N. Lloyd
The Associated Press has reported that retired NBA star Jayson Williams has agreed to a plea deal that would send him to prison for three years for accidentially shooting a driver at his New Jersey home a little over seven years ago.
Williams, who spent nine years in the NBA playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets, will plead guilty this Friday to aggravated assult and must serve at least 18 months of the three year sentence.
Costas Christofi was gunned down in 2002 while receiving a tour of the former All-Star’s 30,000 square foot mansion. Williams was playing with a shotgun and while doing so, the weapon went off, killing Christofi. Witnesses testified that Williams initially attempted to place the gun in Christofi’s hands and told those who were present to lie about what occurred.
During Williams’ first trial in April 2006, the jury deadlocked on a verdict and he was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter but charged with covering up the shooting. Williams was ultimately never sentenced for the cover-up charge and he has remained free on bail for the past three years.
Christofi’s sister, Andrea Adams, admitted that she is unsure about the prison time that Williams received, “I would like to see him do jail time [but] I don’t know if that’s enough time.”
Since Williams’ retrial, he has been offered numerous plea deals that would call for less prison time than the three years he is currently facing.
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