Gilbert Arenas, who on Thursday was charged with a firearm felony, is expected to plead guilty on Friday. In exchange for his plea, Arenas will serve much less or even no jail time, according to sources in a report by the Washington Post.
Arenas is scheduled to enter his plea on Friday afternoon before D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin. Even if prosecutors agree not to seek prison for Arenas, it will be up to Morin whether to sentence Arenas to probation, community service, a fine or some combination. The judge, a former defense attorney, also could send Arenas to jail.
According to The Examiner, "Arenas has agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license and four misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a weapon.
The key bit of news in all of this is that prosecutors filed a one-count "information" in D.C. Superior Court, which is why Arenas is expected to plead guilty on Friday. Charges can only be filed by information when the defendant agrees to waive his right before a grand jury.
Informations generally are filed when a defendant has agreed to plead guilty to the charge. Officially, the information charges Arenas with carrying a pistol without a license, outside of a home or place of business. A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case, but no indictment has been returned.
Arenas declined comment through a spokesperson.
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