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NEW YORK KNICKS RAYMOND FELTON ARRESTED ON WEAPON CHARGES

NEW YORK KNICKS RAYMOND FELTON ARRESTED ON WEAPON CHARGES
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to a New York Police Department spokesman. Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor, the spokesman said. The charges don’t stem from Felton brandishing the firearm but from possessing a gun he wasn’t registered to have, according to the spokesman. He is expected to appear in criminal court in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon. Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m. ET and was questioned at the 20th Precinct in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, hours after the Knicks’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the spokesman said. Felton, 29, signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Knicks before the 2012-13 season. He has struggled this season, his ninth in the NBA, shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from 3-point range while averaging 10.4 points per game. The Knicks offered him in several packages before last Thursday’s trade deadline but couldn’t complete a deal. New York City has strict gun possession laws. In 2009, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison after accepting a plea deal on a firearm charge following an incident in which he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his thigh when his gun went off in a Manhattan nightclub. He faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if convicted at trial.