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No Jail Time for Gilbert Arenas

0326arenasUPDATED 6:12 P.M.

Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas will not serve jail time for felony gun possession but will serve 30 days in a halfway house and two years probation, Superior Court Judge Robert Morin has ruled.

"I'd like to say, I'm really sorry this happened, and I wake up every day wishing it didn't," Arenas said to Morin. By way of explaining his infamous guns-a-blazin' gesture in Philadelphia, Arenas said, "I like to make people to laugh. I like to make people smile."

In his remarks to Arenas, Morin said: "You were genuinely remorseful and you get it."

The judge went on to state his opinion that Arenas was unlikely to re-offend before offering his sentence: 18 months suspended, two years probation, 30 days in a halfway house, 400 hours of community service, $5,000 to a crime victims compensation fund, and inclusion in the D.C. gun-offender registry.

Under the charges he faced, Arenas could have received as much as six months behind bars; prosecutors recommended no less than three months of hard time.

Arenas arrived in court wearing a dark suit with yellow pinstripe shirt. While he ambled into the courtroom smiling, correspondent Rend Smith reports, he struck a humble look as he stood before the judge.

During the proceedings, which lasted some 90 minutes, prosecutor Christopher Kavanaugh reiterated arguments he'd presented in a pre-sentencing brief—that Arenas had shown little remorse and that he needed to be punished for his crimes like any other citizen.

Arenas' attorney, former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein, spoke at great length, the bulk of the hearing in fact, describing how the Wizards star has comported himself since the Dec. 21 incident. As evidence that no real animus lay under the gun incident, Wainstein noted that Arenas has been in regular contact with reserve guard Javaris Crittenton—calling him 19 times and sending him 119 text messages. And on March 16, said Wainstein, Arenas wired $30,000 to Crittenton for his mother's throat surgery.

UPDATE, 6:12 P.M.: A statement from Wainstein: "We are very gratified with the outcome of today’s sentencing proceeding. Judge Morin’s decision was fair and measured; it reflected a deep understanding of the relevant facts and equities; and it carefully took into account both the facts relating to Mr. Arenas’ offense and the evidence of Mr. Arenas’ good character. The result was a sentence that serves justice very well. Mr. Arenas is grateful to the Court, and looks forward to serving the community and once again being a force for good in the District of Columbia."

On-the-scene reporting by Rend Smith

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  • WARD4DC

    I am not surprised by this ruling. These sports figures can commit crimes and get a slap on the risk.

  • Joan

    disgusting

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  • noodlez

    FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT HE DIDNT COMMIT A CRIME THATS WORTH GOING TO JAIL FOR.

    THE ONLY REASON HE GOT 2 YRS PROBATION INSTEAD OF 1 IS BECAUSE HE IS A HIGH PROFILE ATHLETE.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    DCBlackDaddy are you off your meds. You say the same shit over and over about a black female. Give it a rest and let it go before you end up in Saint Elizabeths Hospital for the mentally ill.

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  • Truth Hurts

    Judge Morin did the right thing. Arenas has paid a heavy price for his stupidity. I wish him well.

  • jfc1

    ...what a crock of shit.

    So because he came to court and bowed down his head and had his high-priced lawyer rant on and on about how contrite he was, he is going to stay in a halfway house for 3 months instead of DC jail, for the commission of a felony in the city?

    LOL

    How fucking stupid.
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't really see how saying "I'm sorry!" after he got caught and then paying a million-dollar lawyer to say it for him in court should equal a "stay out of jail" card. But maybe that's just me.

    But then lawyers do love themselves, don't they.

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  • noodlez

    @jfc1-SLIM IF I WERE YOU I WOULDNT WAVE THAT "How fucking stupid" FLAG AROUND. YOU STILL MUST BE IN TEABAG MODE FROM LAST WEEKEND.

    1ST THE REDNECK USDA WAS WRONG FOR LEAKING HIS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PUBLIC ASKING FOR 3 MONTHS OF JAIL TIME FOR A NON-VIOLENT OFFENDER THAT COMMITTED A NON-CRIME. YEAH HE BROKE THE LAW BUT NO ONE GOT HURT IN THE PROCESS. IM SURE YOU ROLLED THRU A FEW STOP SIGNS IN YOUR LIFE! THIS WAS GRANDSTANDING AT ITS BEST AND WHITE FOLK LIKE YOU ALWAYS FALL FOR IT EVERYTIME.

    2ND A JUDGE NORMALLY SENTENCE FOLK ON THE LOW END OF A PROSECUTORS REQUEST. IN ACTUALITY GIL GOT A HARSHER SENTENCE THAN HIS TEAMMATE. EVEN THOUGH BOTH OF THEM TOOK BASICALLY THE SAME PLEA DEAL. SO BECAUSE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM ACTUALLY WORKED IN THIS CASE YOU CALL IT A CROCK OF SHIT. WOW!

    3RD REAL MEN OWN UP TO THEIR MISTAKES AND HE DID. A MAN SHOULD SAY HE IS SORRY AFTER HE LET FOLKS DOWN AND YOU USUALLY SAY YOU ARE SORRY AFTER YOU GOT CAUGHT. NOT BEFORE. IF YOU GOT A MILLI TO SPEND ON A LAWYER WHO IS WILLING TO TAKE A SHIT FOR YOU THEN YOU JUST MAKE SURE YOU GOT AN EXTRA DOLLAR TO BUY A ROLL OF SHIT PAPER TO HAND TO HIM WHEN THE CASE IS OVER IF THATS GOING TO KEEP YOUR ASS OUT OF JAIL.

    To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of ignorance. ~A. Bronson Alcott

  • http://CityDesk TONY

    DCblackdaddy is beyond medical help. Gilbert will do the correct thing.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    TOO BAD!

  • DC Hoodrat

    Well... maybe Gil can make some pronos with that NBA groupie whore of a wife he has.

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  • LifeTime

    DCblackdaddy lets stay with the issues are you new to blogging? It looks like it. You need to go back to school, with your spelling and grammar. STOP USING THIS SITE FOR YOUR BullSh___ on 2 WIDOW women. Did you hate your mother because it sound like you have a problem with women. EX. Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man and didn't get time. I agree with noodlez.

  • TKH

    Garbage...trash.

  • Shero

    I have to agree with the judge’s decision in this case. Arenas seemed to be genuinely remorseful for his actions. Helping our youth who continue to look up to him and showing them the dangers of bad choices is much more beneficial to our youth in my opinion.

    On another note, I am convinced that dcblackdaddy and Jacques Chevalier are one and the same. It is very hard to believe that anyone would condemn Arenas and defend the rights of a pervert like Jacques Chevalier. Jacques Chevalier is the slumlord of an 8-unit apartment building located at 2809 Gainesville Street SE. He tried to have sex with the teenage daughter of one of his tenants. They went to court and he loss the case. And, guess what? It was televised! Look out SE and Washington, DC women. Mothers and fathers keep your children away from this abuser. This man has issues! He is extremely negative, disrespectful and perverse when it comes to women – seeing that he continues to pursue and harass women without provocation, like the coward he is. He has tried to intimidate Rev. Judy Talbert and her membership, especially the women members, for 20 years. Dcblackdaddy, you are a lunatic. Rev. Talbert is one of the most kind and generous persons anyone could ever meet. Her congregation is made up of people from all walks of life and the young people are particularly drawn to her. She is optimistic, inspiring and a breath of fresh air to the community and, by the way, she is not in a store-front, but a beautiful church built from the ground up. She is licensed and ordained, appointed and anointed! The fact that she is making a real difference in the community is what dcblackdaddy can’t stand. Dcblackdaddy aka Jacques Chevalier is schizophrenic, hates strong women and preys on poor widows and anyone he feels will not stand up to him.

  • downtown rez

    I can't agree with this ruling. It's a bare slap on the wrist. Knowingly bringing multiple guns into the city- even if it was a joke. Supposedly wanting to sell them. All this is illegal.
    This is a city where too many die from the illegal use of illegal guns. Either we're serious about this sort of shit or we aren't.
    Again, too many people have and will die because of just this sort of reckless trifling game.

  • Jamie

    While I think it's sad, the reality is, he received a far stiffer sentence than most people do for gun possession in this city.

    http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/8002.html

    "That arithmetic means that of the 982 people arrested in 2007 for CPWL as a first offense, at least 390 were turned back out into the community."

    And that's people who almost certainly had far worse intentions than Arenas did.

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