Former NBA player sentenced to 5 years for drug dealing


Fort Wayne - A former NBA player charged with dealing
cocaine while his six young children were with him was sentenced to
five years in prison.

Henry Charles James, 41, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to one
charge of distribution of a controlled substance for selling crack
cocaine while on probation for marijuana possession. As part of the
plea, prosecutors dropped one charge of distribution and agreed to
recommend a substantially lower sentence than the 80 years he could
have faced.

James was arrested on Sept. 7 after bringing his six daughters,
ages 3 months to 6 years old, to a drug deal, according to police.
He sold at least 5 grams of crack cocaine for $400 on two separate
occasions, police said.

In U.S. District Court Wednesday, James apologized and thanked
his family, friends, coaches and fans for their support.

"I'm going to rebound from this, and I'll be back," he said.

James, a Fort Wayne native and graduate of North Side High
School, played professional basketball in the 1990s for several NBA
teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles
Clippers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

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