Right Now, Stephen Jackson Is Laughing At Paris Hilton

http://img.sports.tom.com/img/assets/200412/041210073826Stephen%20Jackson.jpgIt looks like Warriors swingman and newfound Bay Area fan favorite Stephen Jackson may be able to avoid jail time in his criminal recklessness charge. Jackson will reportedly plead guilty and accept a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service in exchange for swapping the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

You’ll recall that Jackson was arrested last October after firing shots (from his gun) into the air in order to break up a fight. Shockingly, Indiana police frown upon that type of peace mongering.

Since he was already on probation at the time of the arrest, Jackson is currently facing a year in jail if convicted of a felony, but the plea agreement would allow the Warriors’ midseason acquisition to get out of jail (almost free).

Jackson will plead guilty on Wednesday; the trial is due to commence on Thursday. It is now up to Judge Patricia J. Gifford whether or not she will accept; according to reports, she is “anticipated to approve” the plea.

The NBA league office is expected to suspend Jackson for his role in the melee/fracas. Our guess is somewhere between six and eight games.

If judge accepts deal, Jackson to pay $5K fine, do community service [ESPN]

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