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By David Bloodsaw
Nothing is going right for the New York Knicks on or off the court. It’s enough to deal with the losses, Carmelo Anthony and even shoelace-untie-gate committed by J.R. Smith earlier this season, now a felony arrest.
The Knicks lose Tuesday night to the Dallas Maverick, in the usual grand fashion Knicks style – with a last second ugly, ugly score by the Dallas Maverick’s Dirk Nowitzki. Then Raymond Felton is charged with felony gun possession.
Apparently, Raymond Felton argued with his wife on Valentine’s Day brandishing a firearm and then she turned over the gun to the authorities via her lawyer according to The Grio. His wife, Ariane Raymond-Felton filed for divorced and didn’t want the gun in the house.
The charges are due to the gun not being a registered firearm in New York and not waving it around the night of the argument. The charges are 2 counts of felony possession of a firearm and there could be more charges. Felton can face up to 7 years in prison at the maximum. He turned himself in to the police after the game and was released the next day on $25,000 bond. The gun is a Belgian made firearm and he possessed armor piercing bullets. The gun was fully loaded when given to the police.
Ariana filed for divorce last week and is currently attending Fordham University Law School. Felton said he will not let the divorce affect his performance. However, he has not been playing well this season and the Knicks tried to trade him before the deadline. Felton has been in the league for 8 years.
New York has very strict gun possession laws as Plaxico Burress discovered when he had to serve time for shooting himself in a nightclub. All guns must be registered in the state of New York even if they are purchased and registered in another state. Prosecutors will have to prove it is his gun, because he was not been in possession of the firearm. Purchasing records and registration records will be the crux of the case.
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