Former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams has been released from prison after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for driving while intoxicated and 18 months prior to that for his role in the shooting death of a driver 10 years ago, according to NJ.com.
"I am eager to see my daughters, my mother and siblings and make amends for what they’ve been through," Williams said, through his manager. "Start my life over with God being first and in the center of everything I do."
Williams first was sentenced to 18 months in prison as part of a plea deal after being found guilty of trying to cover-up the shooting death of his driver, Costas Christofi, in February 2002. Days before officially accepting the deal in 2010, he struck a tree while drunk driving in Manhattan and was sentenced to an additional year in prison, according to NJ.com.
Williams was a first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1990 but was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers later that year; just two seasons later, he was dealt to New Jersey, where he broke out in the 1996-97 season, scoring 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His career came to a sudden end when he broke his right leg on April 1, 1999 in a collision with a teammate. He underwent career-ending surgery and retired in 2000 at the age of 32.