Arenas could get jail time after pleading guilty to gun charge
Washington Wizards guard
Judge Morin, a Massachusetts native who was appointed to the bench by President
Judge Morin seems unlikely to impose a sentence in excess of the prosecutors' recommendation. While Arenas pleaded no contest in 2003 to a misdemeanor charge in California for illegally possessing a concealed weapon, he otherwise lacks the kinds of aggravating factors that would warrant a lengthy sentence. But there is no guarantee that he will avoid one. Recall what happened to
Alternatively, Judge Morin could impose a sentence that includes incarceration, but enables Arenas to serve it on weekends or spend the latter portion of it in a halfway house, a community home designed to reintegrate people into society. Judge Morin could also sentence Arenas to spend all of the time in a halfway house.
Even better for Arenas, Judge Morin could sentence him to probation and a suspended sentence, meaning Arenas would avoid any type of incarceration, but would be subject to incarceration if he violated the terms of his probation. Probation would impose restrictions on Arenas' life, such as required meetings with a probation officer and avoidance of contact with known criminals, but would clearly be better than incarceration. Judge Morin may be concerned, however, that sentencing Arenas to a "light" punishment would be perceived as providing preferential treatment to a person of celebrity and affluence.
Once Judge Morin imposes his sentence, Arenas will have to serve at least 85 percent of any imposed incarceration, as is required by truth-in-sentencing policies. If Arenas avoids conflict while behind bars, he could earn "good time," but it would knock off only up to 15 percent of his time.
If Arenas is to be incarcerated, incarceration assignment authorities will take into consideration a variety of factors that generally work in Arenas' favor, which include his guilty plea, his lack of a worrisome criminal history and the fact that he may be a target of harm if housed in a facility with dangerous criminals. Arenas could be housed at D.C.'s Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF), which is located in Southeast D.C. and houses inmates who, based on their criminal charges and prior criminal and incarceration histories, are considered low- or medium-risk (as opposed to high-risk) inmates. The CTF is an annex to the D.C. Jail.
With the criminal process soon behind him, Arenas will turn his attention to his NBA suspension and the prospect of the Wizards' trying to terminate his contract or negotiate a buyout, which
Also, even though his own criminal concerns will soon be determined, Arenas might be asked to work with prosecutors as they continue their investigation into whether teammate