Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Basketball Fan on Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:36 am

Yeah NY has strict gun charges he's going to be Plaxico'd

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Knicks' Raymond Felton arrested

NEW YORK -- Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to a New York Police Department spokesman.

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton faces three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor, the spokesman said.

The charges don't stem from Felton brandishing the firearm but from possessing a gun he wasn't registered to have, according to the spokesman.

He is expected to appear in criminal court in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.

Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m. ET and was questioned at the 20th Precinct in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, hours after the Knicks' loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the spokesman said.

Felton, 29, signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Knicks before the 2012-13 season. He has struggled this season, his ninth in the NBA, shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from 3-point range while averaging 10.4 points per game. The Knicks offered him in several packages before last Thursday's trade deadline but couldn't complete a deal.

New York City has strict gun possession laws.

In 2009, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison after accepting a plea deal on a firearm charge following an incident in which he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his thigh when his gun went off in a Manhattan nightclub. He faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if convicted at trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby therealdeal on Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:30 am

Wow. The Knicks tried to give him away at the deadline and couldn't and now this. And didn't they recently buy out Udoh too?

What a terrible organization. I hope Carmelo leaves.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:49 am

So…… otherwise law abiding citizen just possessing a gun….. potential for his livelihood to be taken away and be imprisoned. Seems like we need a law that somehow recognizes that just having a gun isn't a crime….. oh…. wait….
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Doc Brown on Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:59 am

^^^^ There is more to that story than the article shows Roo. Apparently his GF turned him in because he was threatening her with it.
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Postby Rooscooter on Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:06 am

^^Well then there is a precedence for prosecution.

Interesting that the story above specifically notes that he wasn't "brandishing it". That's a legal term that would include "threatening" someone with it. It doesn't even mention his girlfriend.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Doc Brown on Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:11 am

The wife of Raymond Felton has alleged that he threatened her with a firearm, according to multiple reports, and the New York Knicks point guard remained in police custody Tuesday after his arrest for gun charges.

A law enforcement official said Felton's wife, identified as Ariane Raymondo-Felton, brought the gun to police, according to multiple reports.

Raymond Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor, a police spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com. Police said Felton was in possession of a gun he wasn't registered to own.

Raymondo-Felton recently filed for divorce, the New York Post reported.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:11 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
The wife of Raymond Felton has alleged that he threatened her with a firearm, according to multiple reports, and the New York Knicks point guard remained in police custody Tuesday after his arrest for gun charges.

A law enforcement official said Felton's wife, identified as Ariane Raymondo-Felton, brought the gun to police, according to multiple reports.

Raymond Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor, a police spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com. Police said Felton was in possession of a gun he wasn't registered to own.

Raymondo-Felton recently filed for divorce, the New York Post reported.


So…. she was in possession of the gun when the authorities first saw it? It's her testimony that it's Felton's. If the cops didn't find the gun in his residence or on his person it will be difficult to prove it's "his" gun.

The back story of Raymond filing for divorce shouldn't be overlooked here either. What was it Chris Rock said about a "mad woman"?!
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:40 pm

Pretty interesting his estranged wife brings the gun he threatened her with after he has a game. I'm not saying something is fishy here but after reading it I want to go have some Sushi.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Basketball Fan on Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:41 pm

Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arraigned in court Tuesday on felony gun charges, he is being charged with 2 counts of weapons possession. He posted $25,000 bail, was ordered a 6 month order of protection from his wife and is to reappear in court June 2.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN NY:

Felton was issued a six-month order of protection from his wife and bail was set at $25,000. Bail has been posted and there are no legal restrictions on his ability travel.
Court was adjourned in Felton’s case until June 2, at which point grand jury action may take place.



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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:27 pm

Wow…. there is a whole lot more to this story me thinks….. on the surface, it seems very vague. If Felton is married and NY is a community property state then the gun is "theirs"….. not just his. I'll be the state sees it that way when the house is being divided….. :man10:

If he was not in possession of the gun when it was first identified to the Police it's a fairly basic he said-she said issue….. well unless its a gun issue in NY that is….

Maybe the gun has no serial number or is numbered from a non-us supplier or something. Not enough in these snippets to know exactly what is going on. The only thing interesting about the charges is that there is no assault charge which would be a mandatory charge if he was actually threatening his wife with the gun. So there must not be enough evidence that he was doing that to even charge him.
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Postby John3:16 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:17 pm

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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Basketball Fan on Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:52 am

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Raymond Felton avoids jail time

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton will avoid jail time and be able to continue his basketball career without interruption after reaching a plea agreement on two felony gun charges in court on Monday morning.

As part of the agreement, Felton will have to plead guilty to at least one of those felony gun charges -- criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree or criminal possession of a firearm -- complete 500 hours of community service, pay a $5,000 fine, register as a gun offender and waive his right as a defendant to appeal the case.

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Raymond Felton will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement on two felony gun charges. He was facing a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
Felton, who wore a black suit and sported rimmed glasses, did not speak at his hearing on Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court. He would not take questions from reporters, but did issue a statement aloud outside the court room.

"I just want to say that I want to thank the DA for being fair to me in this whole situation," Felton said. "I want to thank all my friends, my family especially, my fans, everybody just for supporting me and understanding the person I am."

Felton turned himself in and was arrested on the morning of Feb. 25 following his team's loss to the Dallas Mavericks after his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, alleged that Felton threatened her with a firearm. Court records show that Raymondo-Felton filed for divorce from Felton exactly a week earlier.

According to a criminal complaint provided by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Felton was in possession of an FN model 5.7x28 millimeter caliber semiautomatic pistol loaded with approximately 18 rounds of live ammunition. Raymondo-Felton went to a Manhattan police precinct and turned over the gun prior to the Knicks-Mavericks game.

If convicted on the two felony gun charges, Felton could've faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

"We want to thank the DA's office for focusing on the facts and only the facts. It's very clear that there was no proof, that there was never any proof that he ever used, threatened or pointed this gun at anyone," Felton's attorney, Jim Walden, said. "He never did that. It was a bold-faced lie. We're grateful that the DA's office saw through that and is going to allow him to continue his basketball career without interruption."

Felton, 29, has two years remaining on the four-year, $15 million contract with a player option he signed with the Knicks.

League sources have told ESPNNewYork.com that Knicks president Phil Jackson will look to trade Felton in the offseason, but that could prove difficult.

Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting in 2013-14. He missed 17 games due to injury.

There will be a hearing for Felton next Monday, but he will not have to appear.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:01 pm

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Raymond Felton pleads guilty on gun charges, will avoid jail

Raymond Felton will not be going to jail.

But I would expect the NBA will come down with some kind of suspension (or at least fine) for him.

Felton was arrested last February in New York on three separate weapons charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at his wife (they were going through a divorce at the time, although that certainly is no excuse for the behavior). New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, but as had been expected Felton avoided jail time by pleading guilty, reports the Associated Press.

Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol without a license….

He was immediately sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Rebold said Felton will be allowed to do the service outside New York.

Felton was traded from the Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks this summer along with Tyson Chandler.

As previously noted, it’s likely the NBA comes down with a little additional punishment for Felton.
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Re: Knicks Raymond Felton arrested on weapons charges

Postby Basketball Fan on Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:46 pm

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NBA suspends Mavericks’ Raymond Felton four games for weapons charges

The Knicks traded Raymond Felton to Dallas as part of the Tyson Chandler deal this summer, but there was something hanging over Felton’s head during that deal — felony gun charges.

He had been arrested in New York after he allegedly pointed a gun at his estranged wife. He eventually pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, as well as knowingly having a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol that was unlicensed. Felton was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

On top of that, the NBA has now suspended Felton the first four games of next season without pay, the league announced Thursday.

“I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Felton said in a statement released by the Mavericks.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban noted in his statement that Felton is allowed to serve is community service hours outside New York and can do them around Dallas.

Snarky Dallas fans took to twitter saying the suspension was a blessing for the Mavericks — Felton struggled mightily last season in New York (which now has Jose Calderon running the point, a much better triangle offense fit). Once the suspension ends Felton (rarely the best conditioned athlete in the league, to be kind) will get the chance to turn his career around under one of the best Xs and Os coaches in the game in Rick Carlisle, someone who will put Felton in good positions to succeed. Whether he does anything with that chance remains to be seen. Color me skeptical.
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