Former Trail Blazer Sebastian Telfair sentenced to prison

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Brooklyn D.A. announces 3.5 year prison sentence for former NBA player

Portland Trail Blazers’ Sebastian Telfair gestures to his teammates against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Former Portland Trail Blazer Sebastian Telfair was sentenced to serve 3.5 years in prison for gun possession.

Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the sentencing Monday. Telfair was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in April following a jury trial. The mandatory sentence was issued by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Hecht.

Police discovered a loaded gun in Telfair’s vehicle during a traffic stop in July, 2017. At that time, police said they pulled over a Ford F-150 pickup truck that made an illegal U-turn over a center median. Police also said the headlights on the truck were off. Telfair was in the drivers seat. Police say there was also a lit marijuana cigarette on the truck’s console.

Telfair played for the Blazers during what has become known as the “Jail Blazer” era, from 2004 to 2006. The Blazers drafted Telfair with the 14th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. He went on to play for seven other NBA teams through the 2010 season and also spent time playing overseas in China.

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