Mookie Blaylock played for the Atlanta Hawks, the Nets, and the Warriors. File Photo by Craig Lassig/AFP
WASHINGTON, USA – Former NBA All-Star Daron "Mookie" Blaylock was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for killing a woman in a road accident in suburban Atlanta in 2013, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The 47-year-old – who was found guilty of vehicular homicide and other charges – could serve as few as 3 years in a plea deal finalized on the day jury selection was to have begun for his trial.
Monica Murphy, a mother of 5, was killed in the head-on crash on May 31, 2013, in which Blaylock was also critically injured.
Police said the crash occurred when Blaylock's Cadillac Escalade crossed over the center median and struck an oncoming van.
Blaylock's lawyer, Amanda Palmer, told the Journal-Constitution that Blaylock had been convicted for drink driving "several" times prior to the crash, although toxicology screens showed no alcohol in his system at the time of the fatal wreck.
She said the reckless driving and vehicular homicide charges stemmed from the fact that doctors had told him not to drive because he was prone to seizures attributed to alcoholism.
Blaylock played for the Atlanta Hawks from 1992 to 1999. A two-time, first-team pick to the NBA's all-defensive team, Blaylock also played for the Nets (1989-1992) and Warriors (1999-2002).
The former point guard averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 assists per game during his professional career. – Rappler.com
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