Bedford-Stuyvesant

Former NBA player found guilty of criminal possession of a weapon

April 25, 2019 Noah Goldberg
Sebastian Telfair poses for photos in 2014. AP Photo/Brett Deering

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon Wednesday over a 2017 Bedford-Stuyvesant arrest where a cop found four loaded guns in his car, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

In the early morning hours of June 11, 2017, a police officer pulled Telfair over in his Ford F150 because he did not have his headlights on, according to a criminal complaint.

The officer said that Telfair had a joint burning in the center console, and that he also recovered two Ziplock baggies of marijuana.

He also said he found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the center console.

In boxes and suitcases in the flatbed of the pickup truck, the officer found a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a 9MM semi-automatic pistol, as well as a 9MM semi-automatic assault weapon, according to the criminal complaint.

At trial, prosecutors produced Telfair’s credit card statements, which showed a $680 and a $135 expenditure at the Orlando Gun Club just months before his Brooklyn arrest.

Telfair will face a minimum sentence of 3.5 years and a maximum sentence of 15 years on the second-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge. He will be sentenced June 18.

He was acquitted of three other charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

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Telfair last played in the NBA in 2015 for the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he averaged 8.4 points per game and 2.8 assists per game.

 

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