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Retired NBA Star Jayson Williams Released From Rikers

Friday, April 13, 2012

Retired NBA star Jayson Williams has been released from Rikers Island jail after serving eight months of his one-year sentence for drunken driving.

A Rikers spokeswoman says Williams was freed Friday.

The former New Jersey Nets player drove his SUV into a tree in lower Manhattan in 2010. That happened a week after he accepted a plea deal stemming from the 2002 shotgun death of a limo driver in his New Jersey mansion.

Before going to Rikers, he served an 18-month sentence for aggravated assault in Wrightstown, N.J.

Williams was once a top NBA player with a six-year, $86 million contract. A leg injury forced him to retire in 2000.

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