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Gilbert Arenas Gets 30 Days In Halfway House, 2 Years Probation

NBA player Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards is asked for his autograph by 7-year-old Meagan Tutt before he walks into the District of Columbia Court March 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. He wrote his name on her backpack. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Suspended NBA star Gilbert Arenas will be spending three months in a Washington, D.C. halfway house but has avoided jail time for bring guns into the Washington Wizards locker room at the Verizon Center during a spat over a gambling debt with a teammate.

As the Washington Post reports:

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert B. Morin issued the sentence after a 100-minute hearing before a packed courtroom.

Morin sentenced Arenas to 18 months in jail, but suspended that part of the sentence. He ordered the star to serve two years probation to begin with 30 days in a halfway house, He also ordered Arenas to serve 400 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 contribution to a crime victim's fund.

Corrections officials will determine in the next few days what halfway house he will be assigned to. Once there, Arenas will stay overnight, but be allowed to leave during the day to serve his community service.

Arenas, wearing a blue suit, yellow shirt, blue tie and blue suede loafers, stood up to speak about an hour and 10 minutes into the proceeding, walked quietly to the microphone and apologized: "I am very sorry that all this happened. Every day I wake up wishing it didn't."

The sentencing climaxed a tumultuous winter for Arenas, one of Washington's best-paid and most recognizable athletes — his future now uncertain after a dispute over a card game escalated into the chest-thumping display of handguns in the Wizards locker room with Javaris Crittenton, a third-year NBA journeyman who was making $1.4 million this season, to Arenas's $16.2 million. The two have been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season and the Wizards have said Crittenton, 22, will be let go.