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
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.
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Felton kept the gun at his home, according to the criminal
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.
Felton's attorney James Walden told the judge his client had no
intention of getting in contact with her.
The Knicks lost at home to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday after a
game-winning shot at the buzzer by Dirk Nowitzki.
Felton was ordered to return to court on June 2.
If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to seven years
on the most serious charge, the third-degree possession charge.
(Additional reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Ellen
Wulfhorst, Karen Brooks, Bernadette Baum and Gunna Dickson)
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