INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana Pacers forward Shawne Williams intends to plead guilty to charges of driving without a license.
Defense attorney John Tompkins said Friday that Williams plans to enter a plea agreement on the misdemeanor charge by Oct. 1, the day before the Pacers open training camp.
Williams did not attend Friday's initial court hearing, but he issued a written statement apologizing for his actions and accepting a three-game suspension imposed by the team.
On Thursday, prosecutors decided not to file marijuana possession charges against Williams.
Williams, 21, was jailed for several hours on an initial charge of marijuana possession after police said they found a marijuana cigarette burning inside his SUV after it was pulled over early Tuesday for changing lanes without signaling.
A passenger faces a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.
``In this case, the passenger said it belonged to him,'' said David Wyser, the chief trial deputy for the Marion County prosecutor's office.
Williams apologized in his statement to team owners Melvin and Herb Simon, the front office staff, his teammates and Pacers fans.
``I am very disappointed that I put myself in this position and I take full responsibility and want to be held accountable for my actions,'' he said.
The 6-foot-9 Williams, who was the Pacers' first-round draft pick last year from Memphis, averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 46 games last season.
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