New sentencing date set for ex-NBA All-Star Chris Gatling


chris-gatling-orlandoA new sentencing date has been set for former NBA All-Star Chris Gatling, who had pleaded guilty this summer to theft and forgery charges, AP reported.

Chris Gatling is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 13 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Authorities say Gatling squatted at a Paradise Valley home and then tried to list the house for rent on Craigslist. Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year.

Initial charges came from evidence that led authorities to believe that Gatling lived in the house in the 6500 block of North 63rd Place from July 2010 to August 2011, without the consent of the owner, Priscilla Jones, who has since sold the home.

Police say the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on at the Arizona home.

In July 2011, Gatling also attempted to rent out the property and signed a rental agreement with prospective tenant Stacey Ezel. He cashed her two cashier’s checks before she and the homeowner discovered that Gatling was living there illegally, according to a police report.

The cashier’s checks were $800 for first month’s rent and $800 for the security deposit.

According to the report, Ezel responded to an ad on Craigslist, which read: “$800/4 br – EX NBA – Paradise Valley Home for rent with Pool & Utility included. … Going back to Miami, Mexico City, Italy for a year or 2 need someone to watch my home here in PV and what a great place, close to everything and Very Very Quite! Really looking for a Woman, but guys can feel free to contact as well … (Just Like a Women’s touch).”

In August, Gatling accepted an agreement to plead guilty to those counts, requiring him to serve a term of supervised probation and pay restitution to his victims, said Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Gatling’s NBA career began in 1991 after he was traded by the 76ers as a first round draft pick out of Old Dominion – to the Warriors for Manute Bol.

During his NBA days, Gatling did set a few records. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 1997 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

He led the NBA in field goal percentage (63 percent) during the 1994-95 season, and played 85 games during the 1999-00 season (while all teams normally play 82 games). Gatling averaged career high 19 ppg during the 1996-97 season.

During his career, he played for Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 6’10 backup forward played a total of 700 games in the league (86 started), averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebound per game over his career.

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