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Arenas charged, but apparently will cop a plea

WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas was charged yesterday with felony gun possession - one count of carrying a pistol without a license - a crime that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The charges were filed in D.C. Superior Court in an "information," a document that indicates a plea bargain has been reached.

The charge came directly from prosecutors and not in the form of an indictment - even though a grand jury has been investigating - and the Wizards star was listed on the docket for a court appearance today.

It is likely that a plea deal is in place, which would signal a possible quick resolution to his guns-in-the-locker-room confrontation that stained the NBA and jeopardized the career of the three-time All-Star.

Arenas has acknowledged storing four unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center, saying he wanted to keep them from his young children and didn't know it was a violation of the city's gun laws.

- AP

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