Fizer pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Updated: August 5, 2004, 11:38 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bulls player Marcus Fizer pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded handgun during a highway traffic stop.

Fizer entered the plea to a misdemeanor charge Wednesday in Chicago, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine.

After Fizer's guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of a weapon, Judge James Schreier sentenced him to a year's probation and fined him $2,500. He can report for probation by phone, officials said.

Fizer was charged with a felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in October 2002. Authorities said a police officer recovered the loaded handgun from Fizer's sport utility vehicle.

At a previous hearing, an Illinois State Police trooper testified that he stopped Fizer because his front windshield was tinted, which is illegal in Illinois.

Fizer was drafted by the Bulls in 2000 out of Iowa State. He is an unrestricted free agent drafted by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

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