NEW YORK (AP) – Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was sentenced on Monday to 3½ years in prison in his New York City gun case.
Telfair, a once highly touted point guard with a disappointing pro basketball career and a history of brushes with the law, had been convicted earlier this year of carrying a loaded handgun in his pickup truck.
“The mandatory prison sentence he received today is required by law and he has now been held accountable for the unlawful conduct,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
There was no immediate response to a phone message on Monday seeking comment from Telfair’s attorney.
Gonzalez said that a jury heard testimony describing how at 2:50 a.m. on June 11, 2017, officers in an unmarked police car spotted a Ford F-150 parked on a center median in Brooklyn with the 34-year-old Telfair at the wheel.
The officers stopped the truck after it made a U-turn in front of them and drove off with no headlights on. Seeing a lit marijuana…