Jayson Williams played nine seasons (1990-99) in the National Basketball Association, but is now better known as the guy from the New Jersey Nets who shot his limo driver. A 6'10" power forward, Williams spent two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers (alongside Charles Barkley
) before being traded to the Nets in 1992. Williams earned a reputation as an effective rebounder and was selected as an All Star for his '97-98 season (when he averaged 13.6 rebounds a game). After signing a seven-year, $86 million contract, Williams broke a leg and injured his knee in an on-court accident in 1999, which ended his career. He retired and became an analyst for NBC television, and in 2000 published an autobiography, Loose Balls
. On 14 February 2002 he shot and killed Costas "Gus" Christofi at a late-night party at Williams's home in Milford, New Jersey. Williams told authorities that Christofi shot himself with a shotgun, but police eventually arrested Williams and accused him of recklessly handling a gun -- and trying to make it look like Christofi killed himself. Williams pleaded not guilty to aggravated manslaughter and nine other charges. His trial began in February of 2004; on 30 April 2004 he was acquitted on the charge of aggravated manslaughter, the most serious charge, and convicted on four lesser charges, with the jury not being able to reach a decision on the remaining charges. In April of 2006 an appeals court ruled that Williams could be retried for reckless manslaughter. After years of legal wrangling -- and a few more legal problems stemming from erratic behavior -- Williams pleaded guilty in January of 2010. Williams was sentenced to five years in prison, with a minimum of 18 months in prison before becoming eligible for parole. After 27 months in prison, Williams was released in 2012.