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After an 8-year stretch of legal woes, former NBA player Jayson Williams was sentenced Tuesday to 5 years in prison for shooting his hired driver, Costas Christofi in 2002. Williams had a previous trial in 2004 where he was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter but was still convicted of trying to cover up the shooting.

According to Associated Press, Williams paid more than $2 million in 2003 to settle in a wrongful death lawsuit and had been free on bail since being charged in 2002.

He left in handcuffs on Tuesday to begin his sentence after apologizing to Christofi’s sister saying:

there’s not a day I wake up that I don’t feel sorry for what I did to Mr. Christofi and that I put you through this.

Williams will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

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