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Former Basketball Phenom Sebastian Telfair Receives Major Prison Sentence

Sebastian Telfair on the court in a game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Sebastian Telfair #31 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Former NBA lottery pick and point guard Sebastian Telfair has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for possession of a loaded gun.

Telfair's punishment stems from police finding a loaded weapon in his car during a traffic stop in Brooklyn in June 2017. Telfair and his nephew were parked illegally on a median and reportedly drove away with headlights off when officers approached the vehicle.

After being pulled over, the pair was found with "three loaded firearms, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and a bullet-resistant vest, police said." Marijuana was also found in the car.

Telfair was convicted of weapons possession in April and faced up to 15 years of prison before today's sentencing.

The cousin of former NBA standout Stephon Marbury, Telfair was a prep star at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. He skipped college to enter the 2004 NBA Draft.

Telfair was chosen with the 13th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. He never lived up to the hype in the pros, but did play a decade in the NBA for eight different teams, finishing with career averages of 7.4 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Sadly, Telfair will become a cautionary tale due to his legal issues.