WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw indicted on six countsFormer first overall pick could face up to 65 years
By QMI Agency
|Chamique Holdsclaw (Fulton County Sheriff's Office)
Olympic gold medallist and WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw was indicted on six charges by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, Wednesday, which could land the 35-year-old significant time behind bars.
Holdsclaw, taken first overall by the Washington Mystics in the 1999 WNBA draft, faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal damage in the first degree, two counts of criminal damage in the second degree and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The charges stem from an incident on Nov. 13 with her then-girlfriend Jennifer Lacy, 29.
According to USA Today, the six-time WNBA all-star has hired the law firm of Garland, Samuel and Loeb, the same firm that represented Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Adam 'Pacman' Jones and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in the past.
"Our position is that she is not guilty of having committed any assault upon Ms. Lacy," Garland told USA Today. "The events occurred after an emotional situation between the two of them. She did assault the car itself and damage the car with the baseball bat and firing the gun; however, there was no assault on Ms. Lacy.
"We expect to negotiate a proper resolution to this matter with the district attorney's office."
A police incident report alleged Holdsclaw followed her ex-girlfriend home from a church last November, where Lacy was working out. When Lacy noticed the Holdsclaw tailing her, she drove to a friend’s house, where police say the incident occurred.
According to police, Holdsclaw took a bat to Lacy’s SUV before brandishing a weapon, sticking it in the rear driver's side window and firing it across the vehicle.
If convicted on all counts, Holdsclaw could face up to 65 years in prison.