Cavaliers' Delonte West pleads guilty to weapons charges

Published July 15, 2010

| Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West pleaded guilty to weapons charges and was given a home detention sentence that will not interfere with his NBA season, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The sentence, which was part of a plea bargain, begins July 26 and allows West to attend practices, home games and road games, according to a report on the Washington Post's website (http://www.washingtonpost.com/).

West's attorney said at a court hearing in Maryland that the Cavaliers guard was taking the weapons from his mother's home to his house when he was stopped by police.

West, who averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 60 games last season, also received two months of probation and 40 hours of community service, the paper said. He will also have to wear an electronic monitoring device and was ordered to undergo counseling.

The player was charged with six weapons offenses and two traffic violations but pleaded guilty to carrying a dangerous weapon -- an eight-inch knife -- and illegally transporting a handgun, the paper said.

(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto)

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