Former Basketball Phenom Sebastian Telfair Receives Major Prison Sentence

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The former basketball player crying after receiving his sentence. Paul Martinka

Ex-NBA guard Sebastian Telfair was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for gun possession. Telfair's legal troubles began when the Brooklyn native was arrested in July 2017 after police found the loaded gun in his pickup following a traffic stop in Prospect Heights. Real mental illness because I wasn't around...

On Monday, he complained in court that he was being penalized too harshly for a "victimless crime".

Telfair was arrested in NY in 2017 after being seen driving with no headlights at around 3 a.m.

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Inside, the officers found three loaded handguns, a gas-powered submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest. I got an American Express, ' he added.

Telfair was drafted 13th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and had a 10 year NBA career.

Telfair said he had a Florida concealed carry license for the weapons, but he did not have a license to carry the guns in ny. Out of high school, Telfair was heralded as one of the most promising young players in the game, and was even featured on the cover of SLAM Magazine alongside LeBron James.

Telfair could have faced up to 15 years in prison for his offense, according to the report.

A cousin of fellow NY point guard Stephon Marbury, Telfair never approached Marbury's level of success in the National Basketball Association, as he bounced from Portland to the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

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