INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana Pacers forward Shawne Williams was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service Monday for driving without a license after a judge suspended a possible 60-day jail sentence.
Williams pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Marion Superior Court. He was also fined $400 and ordered to pay $160 in court costs.
The 6-foot-9 Williams, a first-round draft pick last year out of Memphis, was arrested Sept. 11 after a traffic stop in which marijuana was found in his car. One passenger was charged with possession of the drug and another was charged with handgun violations.
Williams showed Judge Linda E. Brown a new driver's license at the hearing, which was rescheduled after he failed to show up in court Friday. He told the judge he had overslept. She had threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest if he didn't show up Monday.
Brown ordered the community service to be completed by Dec. 3 at the Christamore House, a westside community center.
Pacers president Larry Bird also suspended Williams for the first three games this season.
A few days after his arrest, Williams apologized, saying he would take full responsibility and wanted to be held accountable for his actions.
The Pacers open training camp this week.
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