The article incorrectly said that in a 2003 case in California Gilbert Arenas possessed a gun that was properly registered in Arizona. There is no requirement for gun registration in Arizona, where Arenas legally purchased the weapon. He was convicted in California for not having the gun registered in that state.
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Gilbert Arenas charged with felony gun possession; Wizards guard reaches plea agreement
Arenas was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of possessing an unregistered gun during a routine traffic stop in 2003 in San Francisco. Police found a .40-caliber handgun in a bag behind the driver's seat and an ammunition clip in the glove compartment. The gun was properly registered in Arizona, but not California. That conviction complicated the plea negotiations, the sources said.
Arenas could have been charged with four counts of illegal gun possession -- one for each of the pistols in the locker room. But as part of the plea agreement, he faces only one charge, making it easier to avoid jail, the sources said.
Morin, a former defense attorney, could sentence Arenas to probation, community service, a fine or some combination, or he could send him to jail. Prosecutors have not said what sentence they would recommend.
Defense attorneys who have battled District prosecutors on behalf of clients who had similar gun possession charges are watching the case closely to see if Arenas receives any special treatment. "It's rare prosecutors allow defendants to plead down," said attorney Nikki Lotze.
NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay on Jan. 6. Stern said the gun incident, coupled with Arenas's making light of the issue on his Twitter account and when he pretended he was shooting teammates in a pregame huddle in Philadelphia, had led him to conclude "that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game."
The incident, which is also being investigated by the NBA, has cast doubt on the future of Arenas's career at a time when he was trying to regain his all-star form after missing the past two seasons following knee surgery.
The Wizards, who endorsed the suspension, have in the past week removed a banner with Arenas's image on it that covered part of the Sixth Street facade of Verizon Center, stopped displaying Arenas's No. 0 jersey and removed all references to him in the introductory video played before home games.
Staff writers Allison Klein and Clarence Williams contributed to this report.