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Ex-NBA PG Sebastian Telfair Guilty on Firearm Charges, Faces 15 Years in Jail

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Sebastian Telfair runs court against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 114-101 victory in an NBA exhibition basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Former NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair has been found guilty on a firearm charge and faces up to 15 years in jail, according to TMZ Sports

Telfair is expected to be sentenced at a hearing in June.

Telfair was arrested in June 2017 after police discovered he had weapons and marijuana after pulling the ex-NBA player over for driving without headlights:

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He pled not guilty in October 2017. The 33-year-old attempted to get the charges against him dismissed on the grounds of an improper search conducted by law enforcement, but the New York Post's Emily Saul reported in October 2018 that a Brooklyn judge declined to do so.

Telfair was released on $75,000 bond.

He was previously arrested on gun possession charges in April 2007. He was given three years of probation after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon.

Telfair spent 10 seasons in the NBA after being selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2004, suiting up for eight teams. He last played in the Association in 2014-15.

He has had several legal issues since his playing career ended.

TMZ reported last November that Telfair was being sued by American Express over $43,051.69 in unpaid credit card debt. TMZ Sports also reported in January 2018 that Telfair had a restraining order placed against him to protect his estranged wife and kids after he had a violent outburst at her house that resulted in him smashing a car windshield.

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