Knicks' guard Felton avoids jail on gun charge

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 24 2014 03:09 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2014 11:09 PM

NBA basketball player Raymond Felton leaves after an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court in relation to gun possession charges in New York June 23, 2014. Photo by Andrew Kelly, Reuters.

NEW YORK - New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton will avoid jail time on two felony gun charges after reaching a deal with prosecutors at a court hearing Monday.

Felton had been charged with felony possession of a firearm and criminal weapons possession in February.

Felton turned himself over to police in February only hours after the Knicks played Dallas following claims by his wife Ariane that he threatened her with a gun. She had filed for divorce days earlier.

Under terms of the deal, Felton would escape the jail time common in New York for gun charges but plead guilty to at least one charge, pay a $5,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service.

Felton could have faced as much as seven years in prison under maximum sentences for both crimes.

Felton is halfway into a four-year deal worth $15 million with the Knicks, who missed last season's NBA playoffs.

He averaged a career-low 9.7 points a game last season, missing 17 games with injuries and shooting less than 40 percent from the floor.

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