No Jail Time for Gilbert Arenas

From ESPN:

“Gilbert Arenas won’t have to serve jail time, a judge ruled Friday.

The Washington Wizards three-time All-Star point guard was sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court by Judge Robert E. Morin on one felony count of violating the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws.

Arenas must serve 30 days in a halfway house and register as a gun offender.

He was sentenced to two years probation and must donate $5,000 to victims of violent crimes fund and do 400 hours community service.”

Has justice been served?

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  • That’s pretty standard for DC I think, its rare for folks caught with guns (CPWL) to do much jail time unless another violent crime was involved. Our much discussed tough gun laws are not very tough when you get down to them. If we had tough gun laws, crime in this city would change quite.

    I am a bit surprised that he got roughly the same as Crittendon, who did not have a prior offense. But I admit I haven’t been following this too closely.

    Thank Phil Mendelson for every thug (Arenas and otherwise) who gets off light for a gun offense.

    • ah

      If we had tough gun laws? DC’s gun laws are as strict as anywhere.

      Given the offense, yeah, this seems fair. Perhaps longer probation in case he f’s up again.

  • If you think that, read:

    While we had (until recently) a ban on handguns, our penalties for using guns in crimes are actually rather lax compared to surround jurisdictions, not to mention the evidentiary requirements surrounding them. I am not a lawyer, but have lived here 20 years and seen enough to convince me. Another good one to read about is Ransom Perry, another example of lax DC gun laws.

    Or, get your local crime reports, and look in the DC Superior Court docket when you see CPWL arrests. You’d be surprised. I of course could be grossly misguided but don’t think so.

    This Arenas case is a perfect example actually… Four unregistered guns, threats involved, no remorse, and probation. That’s tough??? Puh-lease.

  • He’ll have to give up his guns now that he’s a convicted felon, right? If so, good!

  • No, he is a resident of VA. He can petition for handgun permits as soon as his probation begins, though it may not be granted. He can get rifles / shotguns right away AFAIK.

    • No – felons are prohibited by federal law from being in possession of any firearm for life under federal law [18 U.S.C. section 922(g)]. Felons can petition the gov’t to have their gun rights reinstated, but it’s not commonly granted [even in Virginia].

      Also, Virginia doesn’t require handgun permits for purchase/ownership, only concealed carry [which he would be precluded from obtaining under federal law above].

  • Because what harm can a felon do with a rifle in every room?

  • I think justice has been served. Arenas has been great in the community and, not to dismiss his actions, but the media was really out to portray him as a bad guy. I think he has a great heart and hopefully this will make him an even better person in the end.

    • Yeah, because where I work it’s totally acceptable to pull four guns out of your locker and wave them at your co-workers?! You’ll have to explain that great heart argument. Like, the charity work he does because it’s part of the Wizard contract, or is there more?

  • justice? what a joke. he glorified illegally owning and brandishing guns. he flaunted these activities, basically saying piss off i can do whatever i want. and we’re shocked when we see see so many little thugs in our community emulating this exact behavior.

  • Excellent comment. This is a cycle with athletes and it will continue to happen until somebody steps up and makes a statement by actually punishing people for their actions.

  • Justice won’t be served until every juvenile gun offender in this city is required to register.

  • If you sleep better at night thinking the streets are safer with t he outcome of this case, then justice is served. If you don’t feel one iota safer or if you still have a taste for blood, then in your mind justice was not served.

    One thing for sure: tho outcome of Arenas’ case will have no impact on the behavior of the killers we have on the streets. Just the other day, there was a stabbing on 14th St. Violence is violence. And it is bred in homes full of violence and dysfunction. We can continue to focus downstream on the objects these people use in fits of anger. Or we can focus on solving why some people kill others for trivial matters.

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