A New Jersey judge today will consider whether former NBA star
should be sentenced for covering up a fatal shooting at his mansion in 2002, given Williams' recent erratic behavior, including an assault arrest in North Carolina.
Williams, 41, was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in 2004 but convicted on four counts of trying to cover up the shooting of a hired driver at his Hunterdon County mansion. The jury couldn't reach a verdict on a reckless-manslaughter count, and State Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman has delayed sentencing pending Williams' retrial on that charge.
Prosecutors are asking the judge to reconsider the sentencing delay due to Williams' recent run-ins with the law.
In April, police used a stun gun on Williams during an altercation in a New York hotel room, and in May he was arrested in North Carolina and charged with assault for allegedly punching someone in a barroom dispute. Earlier this year, his wife filed divorce papers claiming he was abusive and had a drug problem.
The four coverup counts on which Williams was convicted carry a combined maximum sentence of 13 years in prison. However, Williams was not expected to receive a term longer than 5 years.
Williams' retrial, scheduled for January, has been pushed back several times, notably after it was disclosed in 2007 that an investigator in the prosecutor's office used a racial slur to describe Williams in 2002. Williams' defense team is seeking to have the coverup convictions reversed on grounds of racial bias.
Williams, who retired in 2000, played nine seasons in the NBA for the Sixers and New Jersey.
In other NBA news:
* Hasheem Thabeet, the 7-3 center out of Connecticut, canceled a predraft workout with the Memphis Grizzlies citing a shoulder injury, but he also had plans to talk to other teams.
* Sweden's Christian Nilsson earned his first European Tour title by shooting a bogey-free 2-under 69 to win the Saint-Omer (France) Open by a tournament record six strokes. Nilsson finished at 13-under 271.
* Jason Enloe won the Fort Smith (Ark.) Classic with a putt for par on the first playoff hole, ending a 3-year winless streak on the Nationwide Tour. Enloe finished regulation at 15-under 265 along with Chris Tidland.
* Guard Brian Wanamaker, a Roman Catholic product who starred last season at Lon Morris JC, has signed to play basketball for Texas Wesleyan, an NAIA power in Fort Worth. His twin brother, Bradley, plays for Pitt.
* Swimmer Michael Phelps swept both events he entered at the Canada Cup in Montreal: The 100-meter freestyle in the pool that hosted the 1976 Olympics, after posting a personal best time there in winning Saturday's 100-meter butterfly.
* Vancouver Canucks center Mats Sundin said he will not play for defending champion Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics in February.