Halfway to Home: Arenas Released

Wizards' star released from halfway house

By Jim Iovino
|  Friday, May 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:13 PM EDT
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Halfway to Home: Arenas Released

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Washington Wizards basketball player Gilbert Arenas pulls the strings of a sweatshirt tight to obscure his face after arriving at his home in Great Falls, Va., on Friday, May 7, 2010, after being released from a halfway house where he served part of his sentence for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Gilbert Arenas is back home in Great Falls, Va., after being released Friday from the halfway house he lived in for nearly a month as part of his sentence for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room.

Arenas left the work-release facility in the Maryland suburbs of Washington and arrived at his house Friday morning. His sentence also includes two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service that can't be performed at basketball clinics.

Arenas pleaded guilty to felony gun possession in January and was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house in March.

He began his sentence April 9 and was allowed to leave early because the Federal Bureau of Prisons doesn't release offenders from halfway houses on weekends.

His release means he has more time to focus on a new gun issue -- a lawsuit in which a Beverly Hills company claims he owns more than $70,000 for storing guns he bought and never picked up.

Tactical Operations sued Arenas last month in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica. The firm claims it obtained five Beretta pistols with silencers for Arenas in 2006.

The suit said Arenas bought the guns but refused to pick them up. Attorney Burton Jacobson said the firm is selling the weapons but Arenas owes storage fees and interest.

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