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Gilbert Arenas to spend 30 days in halfway house

Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards gestures

Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards gestures in the huddle with teammates before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers. (January 5, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has ordered suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas to spend 30 days in a halfway house on gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation with a teammate.

Prosecutors had recommended that Arenas serve three months in jail. Defense attorneys argued Arenas didn’t deserve jail time for what they described as a misguided prank on teammate Javaris Crittenton.

Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city’s gun laws in a Dec. 21 incident at Verizon Center. Following an argument over an unpaid gambling debt, Arenas brought several guns to the Wizards’ locker room and set them in front of Crittenton’s locker with a sign telling him to “PICK 1.”

In court papers, prosecutors said Crittenton had legitimate reason to believe Arenas’ threat was genuine.

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