Former Atlanta Hawks point guard Mookie Blaylock, a one-time NBA All-Star, has been sentenced to significant prison time in a court, earlier today.
Blaylock, who retired from basketball in 2002, plead guilty on Monday to 'vehicular homicide' after killing a mother of five in suburban Atlanta last year.
Blaylock had been undergoing treatment for seizures at the time of the crash and was ordered not to drive by a doctor, but the now 47-year old decided to do so anyway. It’s not known if Blaylock had suffered or was suffering a seizure at the time of the crash.
According to reports from WSBTV Atlanta, Blaylock will serve seven years in prison followed by eight on probation. Four of the seven years will be suspended, according to his attorney meaning that he will only actually spend three years behind bars.
The reduced sentence was caused by the plea bargain that saw him plead guilty before going to trial. If it had done so, reports say he would have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Blaylock is said to have turned to Frank Murphy, whom he made a widower after losing his wife Monica in the crash, and apologized saying this will be with him for the rest of his life.
“Well he should have. He should have apologized. I think I deserve that and more.”
Blaylock made the 1994 All-Star team as well as the NBA's All-Defensive first team on two occasions, and played for New Jersey, the Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors during his pro career before retiring in 2002. He was drafted in the first round of the 1989 with the 12th pick out of Oklahoma.
Since then however, Blaylock has had a number of run ins with the law, including serving 30 days jail time in relation to a DUI and hit-and-run charge dating back to March 2013.