Plea Hearing Thursday for NBA's West on Weapons Charges

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West has a plea hearing scheduled in connection with his 2009 arrest for speeding on a motorcycle and carrying weapons.

West had been scheduled for a trial next week, but now Maryland court records show and a spokesman for Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey confirms he has a plea hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.

His attorney and his agent did not return requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the Cleveland Cavaliers declined to comment on the plea hearing, which was first reported by WTOP-FM.

Authorities say the basketball player was carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and an 8 1/2-inch Bowie knife while speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, Md. last September. Police say West, who lives in Brandywine, Md., was pulled over after cutting off an officer.

It's illegal in Maryland to carry concealed weapons and to transport loaded handguns. West is charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a handgun, transporting a handgun, reckless driving and negligent driving.

The charges are misdemeanors. Each weapons count carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

National Basketball Association officials did not immediately return a phone call and e-mail seeking comment about whether West would face sanctions from the NBA if he admits guilt.

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