If judge accepts deal, Jackson to pay $5K fine, do community service

INDIANAPOLIS -- Stephen Jackson will admit to criminal
recklessness in firing a gun outside a strip club which could lead
to a suspension of a one-year jail sentence, a spokesman for the
prosecutor's office said Monday.

Stephen Jackson


If the plea agreement is accepted by a judge, Jackson will pay a
$5,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

In return, the Golden State Warriors player will have the jail
sentence suspended and a felony converted into a misdemeanor
conviction, spokesman Matthew Symons said.

Jackson was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Golden State
Warriors in January, two months after the Indianapolis nightclub
shooting. He is scheduled to plead guilty in Marion Superior Court
on Wednesday. Last month, Judge Patricia J. Gifford granted a
defense motion to delay the start of Jackson's trial to June 21.

"The judge will either accept it or not accept it. I would be
inclined to believe she would accept it, but that would be speaking
for her, so I can't do that definitively," Symons said of the plea

A telephone message seeking comment was left with Jackson's
attorney, James Voyles, at his Indianapolis office.

Jackson, who was arrested with two other men outside the club
last October, told police he fired shots in the air to try to break
up a fight.

The original criminal recklessness charge carried a prison term
of six months to three years.

In February, Deon Willford, who hit Jackson with a car, was
convicted of felony battery in a bench trial and sentenced to two
years in prison, two years on probation and 100 hours community
service. The third man, Raymel Mattocks, pleaded guilty last month
to possession of marijuana, was fined $1,000 and given a 60-day
suspended sentence.

At the time of the fight, Jackson already was on probation for
his role in a 2004 brawl between Pacers players and Detroit Pistons
fans. Jackson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery
charges in September 2005 for his role in the incident.