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Ex-NBA Star Enters Plea in 2002 Killing

(CN) - Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded guilty today to aggravated assault for accidently killing a limo driver in his bedroom. While awaiting retrial for reckless manslaughter, Williams pleaded guilty to the lesser charge for the 2002 shooting.

Williams faces a minimum of 18 months in prison. If found guilty of reckless manslaughter, he could have been sentenced to up to 10 years.

A jury in 2004 acquitted Williams of aggravated manslaughter and could not reach a verdict on reckless manslaughter. His retrial in Somerset County Court, N.J., was to begin this week.

Witnesses testified at the trial that Williams was showing Costas Christofi a shotgun, which fired accidentally when he closed it.

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