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AP source: Jayson Williams taking deal in shooting

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BETH DeFALCO | November 19, 2009 10:10 AM EST | AP


TRENTON, N.J. — A person with knowledge of the case against retired NBA star Jayson Williams says the former player has agreed to a plea deal that would send him to prison for up to three years for shooting a driver.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak about the case.

The person says Williams will plead guilty to aggravated assault on Friday and will have to serve at least 18 months in prison.

The charge stems from the fatal shooting of a hired driver in 2002 in New Jersey. Jurors were deadlocked over a reckless manslaughter count in the first trial, but convicted Williams of covering up the shooting.