Jayson Williams sentenced to five years in prison

Williams, pictured here shortly after the 2002 shooting incident in his home, will spend at least 18 months in prison before being eligible for parole. (AP Photo)

The lengthy saga that began eight years ago following the death of limo driver Costas Christofi finally came to an end Tuesday in a New Jersey courtroom.

Judge Edward Coleman accepted Williams’ guilty plea to fourth-degree aggravated assault and sentenced the 42 year-old to five years in prison, with a minimum of 18 months behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Williams has been involved in several legal incidents since the shooting occurred. He was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his car in Manhattan in early January and could face an additional year in prison.

The former New Jersey Net initially denied a role in the shooting and was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter. He faced a retrial this year but decided to take a plea agreement.

Williams offered a tearful apology to Christofi’s family and the court and accepted responsibility for the accidental shooting that occurred at his New Jersey estate on February 14, 2002.

The 6’10” power forward was one of the premier rebounders in the NBA during his prime before injuries forced him to retire in 1999.

Williams was known as a charismatic person and a good teammate during his professional career. His life has completely fallen apart since the shooting incident.

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