New York Knicks guard Felton faces weapons charges
By Jonathan Allen
(Reuters) - New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun possession charges on Tuesday after his wife's divorce attorney took a weapon that was allegedly his to a local police station, authorities said.
Felton, 29, was not registered to have the gun in New York City and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and with criminal possession of a firearm, authorities said.
The professional basketball player turned himself in to face the charges early on Tuesday and appeared at a late-afternoon hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court before Judge Diane Boyar, who set bail at $25,000.
Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, Felton left the courthouse in downtown Manhattan after the hearing without making any comment. He was driven away in a black Cadillac Escalade.
A police source said the semi-automatic large-capacity pistol, loaded with about 18 bullets, was taken to a police station near the couple's home on Manhattan's Upper West Side late Monday by an attorney representing the player's wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, 26, who filed for divorce last week.
The couple was married in 2012, and she is a law student.
Felton kept the gun at his home, according to the criminal complaint.
In court, the judge issued a six-month order of protection, telling Felton to have no contact with a person identified only as "the complainant," presumed to be his estranged wife. Continued...