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January 9, 2015 at 5:56 AM

Ex-Sonic Robert Swift held on warrant after attempted burglary

Former Sonics player Robert Swift

Former Sonics player Robert Swift

The Associated Press

Troubled former NBA player Robert Swift was arrested Tuesday along with another man suspected of attempting to break into a home in Gold Bar.

The Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman, Shari Ireton, tells KIRO the 29-year-old former Sonic was arrested on a warrant from an earlier gun charge and jailed in Seattle.

The warrant was issued in November after Swift failed to appear in court on a charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun that was found in an October raid on a home in Kirkland where he was living. His roommate was charged with drug offenses.

The King County prosecutor’s office says Swift is scheduled for arraignment on the gun charge Monday in King County Superior Court.

A spokeswoman for the King County Department of Public Defense, Leslie Brown, said Friday it will defend Swift, but lawyers can’t comment without the client’s permission. The department represents indigent defendants.

The 7-foot-1 Swift was selected by the Sonics with the 12th pick in the 2004 NBA draft. Knee injuries shortened his career, and he was cut by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. The Seattle Times reported he played in 97 games and earned about $10 million.

 

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