Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on gun conviction

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for a gun charge stemming from a 2017 traffic stop in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn District Attorney General Eric Gonzalez announced the sentence on Monday. Telfair was found guilty on a charge of felony criminal possession of a weapon on April 24.

Police say Telfair drove away with his headlights off when they approached his car in June 2017 when it was parked illegally on a median.

Police searched car after smelling marijuana

Police say they smelled marijuana and saw a lit blunt in the car and conducted a search. During the search, police said they found marijuana, a bullet-proof vest, three handguns, a semiautomatic rifle and ammunition in Telfair’s car.

Telfair convicted by jury

Telfair pleaded not guilty, but was convicted by a New York jury and reportedly faced up to 15 years in prison on the weapons charge.

Sebastian Telfair throughout his NBA career
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Sebastian Telfair throughout his NBA career
Sebastian Telfair, a New York City high school basketball player, announces at a news conference Tuesday, May 4, 2004 that he will enter the NBA Draft in June. Telfair, the New York City Player of the Year, also has reached a multi-year endorsement agreement with Adidas. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
From left, Portland Trail Blazers NBA draft picks Ha Seung-Jin from South Korea, Sebastian Telfair, and Russians Viktor Khryapa and Sergey Monia hold up their new team jerseys at a news conference in Tualatin, Ore., Monday June 28, 2004. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
Portland Trail Blazers' Sebastian Telfair drives against Seattle SuperSonics' Antonio Daniels (33) during the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, in a preseason game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
** FILE ** Portland Trail Blazers' Sebastian Telfair is shown in a Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 photo, in Portland, Ore. Boston acquired G Sebastian Telfair from Portland for the Celtics' first-round pick (No. 7)..(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)
Boston Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair, bottom, looks to pass as he drives by New Orleans Hornets forward Desmond Mason during their basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Minnesota Timberwolves' guard Sebastian Telfair drives during an exhibition match between Efes Pilsen and Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a NBA Europe Live tour at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Turkey's Efes Pilsen 84-81. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)
Los Angeles Clippers' Sebastian Telfair in an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair (31) drives past Denver Nuggets center Nene (31) from Brazil during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Denver, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, right, talks with guard Sebastian Telfair (31) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Oklahoma City won 114-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Toronto Raptors' Sebastian Telfair is shown in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, April 5, 2013 in Minneapolis. The Raptors won 95-93. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Sebastian Telfair (31) is pictured during an NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

This was Telfair’s second gun conviction. Telfair pleaded guilty in 2007 to a gun possession charge when police found a loaded handgun under his car seat during a speeding stop. Telfair was sentenced to three years probation and suspended three games by the NBA.

The Portland Trail Blazers drafted Telfair with the 13th pick in the 2004 NBA draft straight out of high school. He never lived up to his lofty hype as a top New York city point guard prospect, but did carve out a 10-year NBA career, playing until 2015 with eight different teams.

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