Ex-NFL player gets 7-month sentence on tax charge

Updated: January 31, 2013, 7:20 PM ET
Associated Press

CAMDEN, N.J. -- A former NFL defensive back was sentenced Thursday to seven months in prison for failing to file a federal income tax return for 2005, when he was a member of the New York Giants.

William James, formerly William J. Peterson, had already spent four months in a federal detention center so he will only need to serve three more months for failing to pay taxes on $5.5 million in income, a federal judge said at his sentencing. The judge also ordered James to file back returns ...

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