J.R. Smith was involved in an auto accident in June 2007 that resulted in the death of his friend Andre Bell. On Tuesday night, a judge sentenced Smith to ninety days in jail. However, it is likely that Smith will serve just thirty days in prison.
Municipal Judge Debra J. Gelson agreed to shorten the jail sentence by sixty days provided that Smith perform five hundred hours of community service, during which he shall visit sick children at hospitals. Gelson also suspended Smith’s license for two years; the suspension will commence next March after his current license suspension expires.
Smith was taken to county jail on Tuesday night, where he began to serve his sentence.
“He’s 23 years old; he’s a tough kid and he’s going to do these four weeks and come out a better person,” said Kevin Hextall, an attorney for Smith.
“It’s been unbearable to deal with,” Smith said to the court. “I am deeply sorry. I never intended for this to happen. It tears me up that it went down like that.”
Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien said in a statement, “We will continue to support J.R. during this difficult period and will have no further comment at this time.”
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