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Ex-NBA Player Sentenced In Child Support Case

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Kenny Williams #44 of the Indiana Pacers goes up for a shot against Patrick Ewing #33 of the New York Knicks in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 1994 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on June 1, 1994 in New York, N.Y. (credit: Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kenny Williams #44 of the Indiana Pacers goes up for a shot against Patrick Ewing #33 of the New York Knicks in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 1994 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on June 1, 1994 in New York, N.Y. (credit: Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former professional basketball player Kenny Williams has been sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay more than $660,000 in restitution for failing to pay child support.

The 44-year-old Williams was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Williams earned a salary playing for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, played overseas and drove luxury cars while his former wife and three children were on welfare.

In August 2000, the Elizabeth City native pleaded guilty to willful failure to pay child support. In July 2001, his attorney filed a motion to continue a sentencing hearing after Williams claimed he couldn’t afford to travel to the U.S., although he was still in the country playing basketball.

Williams was arrested on a warrant last March.

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