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Arenas to spend 30 days in halfway house

Posted: March 26, 2010 1:20 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2010 1:20 p.m.

This Jan. 15, 2010, file photo shows Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas arriving at D.C. Superior Court in Washington, D.C., to answer a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. Arenas says he deserves to be punished for bringing guns to the locker room.

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- A judge has ordered suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas to spend 30 days in a halfway house on gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation with a teammate.

Prosecutors had recommended that Arenas serve three months in jail. Defense attorneys argued Arenas didn't deserve jail time for what they described as a misguided prank on teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws in a Dec. 21 incident at Verizon Center. Following an argument over an unpaid gambling debt, Arenas brought several guns to the Wizards' locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1."

In court papers, prosecutors said Crittenton had legitimate reason to believe Arenas' threat was genuine.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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