Jayson Williams Sentenced to Minimum of 18 Months in Prison

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Jayson Williams is going to prison.

The former NBA star was sentenced to five years in jail today for the 2002 crime of fatally shooting a hired limousine driver. He will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

Last month, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the death of Costas Christofi on February 14, 2002. He was convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting in a 2004 trial.

A clearly disturbed, dangerous person, Williams drove drunk - and into oncoming traffic - earlier this year. He averaged 13.6 rebounds per game as a member of the New Jersey Nets in 1997-98.

In court today, State Superior Court Judge Edward Coleman went along with a plea agreement that spelled out the five-year prison sentence and the potential for Williams to be released as early as summer 2011.

Choking away tears, Williams spoke out in court and apologized to Andrea Adams, Christofi's sister. He said:

"There's not a day I wake up that I don't feel sorry for what I did to Mr. Christofi and that I put you through this."

He'll have a long time in prison to consider those actions and, hopefully, turn his life around.

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Wow, American Justice!

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I wonder how much jason had to pay under the table for that 5year prison time and actually 18 month's that goes to show the law is geared for people that have a lot of money..no moey and the next joe would be in jail for 25to life.someone really should look into that.IT IS A SHAME........HOW DO THE JUDGE, ATTORNEY'S ECT SLEEP AT NIGHT?

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What a douchebag. 5 years for murder? That is ridiculous and an embarrassment for our country. Hello! He murdered someone, it is not an accident when you are aiming the gun at someone and pull the trigger. And he shot his dog and threaten someone else at that time. He is a loser and a murderer and should spend the rest of his life in jail. It is only because he is some what famous that he gets this special treatment. It's bullshit.

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Jayson Williams was actually a great personality and headed for a career in broadcasting before the accidental shooting of his limo driver and probably would be doing pre game today had that not happened in 2002. It just goes to show that if you own guns make sure you learn to handle them properly. Most kids from the "street" (Gilbert Arenas) have no idea how to handle a firearm. Maybe they should teach gun safety in school (along with economics)?