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Javaris Crittenton Pleads Guilty to Murder

Former NBA guard Javaris Crittenton has pleaded guilty to the murder of a 23-year-old woman in 2011, according to Alexis Stevens of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Crittenton will serve 23 years in prison as part of a plea deal.

The murder occurred on Aug. 19, 2011. Crittenton shot and killed 23-year-old Julian Jones in a drive-by shooting. Police said at the time that Crittenton may have thought that Jones was involved with an earlier robbery, however, Jones’s boyfriend, Harel Butler, said she was simply outside talking to neighbors and had just put her four children to bed.

Crittenton apologized for the shooting, calling it a “horrible accident.”

Crittenton had a bright basketball future ahead of him as a high school standout in Georgia. The guard attended Georgia Tech and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Crittenton was involved in a gun incident while playing with the Washington Wizards in Dec. 2009. He and teammate Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other in the locker room, and Crittenton ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge. Both players were suspended for the remainder of the season because of the incident.

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