Friend sentenced for assisting Williams

Updated: July 13, 2010, 10:26 PM ET
Associated Press

FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- A man who admitted hiding former NBA star Jayson Williams' bloody clothes after a hired driver was killed at the basketball player's New Jersey mansion has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Rochelle Park, N.J., resident John Gordnick was at Williams' house in February 2002 when a shotgun held by Williams fired, striking Costas "Gus" Christofi in the chest.

Gordnick pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and testified Williams gave him his clothes. Gordnick put the clothes in his car.

Gordnick already is serving a separate probationary sentence after pleading guilty to illegal gambling.

Williams was convicted of covering up the shooting but acquitted of aggravated manslaughter. On the eve of a retrial on a reckless manslaughter count the former New Jersey Nets player pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to five years.


Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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