Raymond Felton pleads guilty to felony gun charge, avoids prison

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Raymond Felton pled guilty Wednesday to two gun charges as part of a plea deal, the AP reports. Felton pled guilty in a Manhattan court to counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. 

As part of the deal, in exchange for the guilty plea and admission of a felony, Felton will avoid jail time and instead receive 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Larry Stephen said that the community service could be performed outside New York. Earlier this offseason, Felton was traded to the Dallas Mavericks

The charges stem from Felton's wife handing over his gun to police shortly after she filed for divorce in February. After the police contacted Felton, the former Knicks point guard turned himself in following a game at Madison Square Garden. 

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New York state law bans most high-capacity ammunition magazines. Felton's magazine reportedly could hold 20 rounds. 

Felton was traded to the Mavericks along with center Tyson Chandler on June 26 for point guard Jose Calderon, second-year guard Shane Larkin, center Samuel Dalembert and guard Wayne Ellington

- Alex Hampl

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