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Ty Lawson sentenced to probation for drunk driving charge in Colorado

Pacers point guard avoided potential jail time for 2015 drunk driving charge on Tuesday. Ty Lawson previously pleaded guilty to one count of driving while ability impaired.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the argument for jail time from the Denver County prosecutor, Ty Lawson was sentenced to one year of probation for a Jan. 23, 2015 drunk driving arrest.

After playing for the Pacers on Monday night, Lawson was in a Denver courtroom on Tuesday morning to learn the fate of his case.  According reports, both sides were using Lawson's celebrity as an NBA player to make their case.

During the hearing in Denver County Court, the prosecutor said Lawson never was punished for previous cases and needed jail time to learn a lesson. Lawson's attorney said the government wanted jail time because of Lawson's celebrity status and suggested probation.

Lawson had prior drunk driving arrests in California and North Carolina but apparently those didn't count as offenses for this case, but serving up to 180 days in jail was possible at sentencing. Instead, according to this AP report, Lawson will serve a conditional probation for a year.

Lawson was ordered not to drink or use marijuana during his probation. He had faced up to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation, and the district attorney had requested at least a month in jail.

Prior to joining the Pacers, Lawson served a three-game suspension handed down by the NBA for the off-court issues.