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Sprewell Rejects Plea Bargain

May 7, 1998

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ Latrell Sprewell has rejected a pretrial offer in his reckless driving case that could have sent him to jail for 90-120 days, his lawyer said.

``The offer was unacceptable, and there was no flexibility in it,″ lawyer John Burris said Wednesday.

Sprewell, the Golden State Warriors guard who was suspended after attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo, faces as much as six months in jail if convicted of misdemeanor reckless driving.

Police said Sprewell was driving at speeds up to 90 mph when he lost control of his Mercedes and rear-ended a car on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek on March 1. Two people in the other car were slightly hurt.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office outlined its pre-trial offer to Burris during a conference Tuesday at Walnut Creek-Danville Municipal Court, said Dara Cashman, a deputy district attorney.

It would have been up to the judge to decide whether to accept the sentencing recommendation.

As part of the offer, Sprewell, 27, would also have been required to pay restitution, in an amount to be determined by the court, to the victims, Arnulfo Perlas, 54, and Irma Feliciano, 53, both of Antioch, Calif., Cashman said.

Sprewell’s trial is set for May 26, but may be delayed. Perlas and Feliciano are suing Sprewell in Superior Court.

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