Knicks' Felton faces gun possession charges: report

Posted at 02/26/14 9:41 AM

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (C) attends his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York February 25, 2014. Photo by Steven Hirsch, Reuters.

NEW YORK - New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was in police custody Tuesday after turning himself in to police on weapons charges, according to multiple media reports.

Felton was charged with two felony criminal counts of firearm possession and a third misdemeanour gun charge.

ESPN reported Felton's wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, said he had threatened her with a firearm and brought the gun to police.

The New York Post said she has recently filed for divorce.

Felton, 29, turned himself in to police only hours after the Knicks lost to Dallas at Madison Square Garden in an NBA game.

New York City has strict gun possession laws and felony charges usually carry at least one year in prison for those convicted.

Plaxico Burress, a former New York Giants wide receiver, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2009 for a felony gun possession conviction after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub in November 2008. He agreed to a plea deal and served 20 months in prison on lesser charges.

Felton is averaging 10.4 points a game for the Knicks, who at 21-36 rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, six games behind Atlanta for the last playoff position in the East.

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