Malik Beasley Sentenced On Violence Charge

Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley received a 120-day sentence in the Hennepin County Workhouse with work release and a home confinement option after pleading guilty to making threats of violence with reckless disregard to risk, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The sentence will be served at the end of the season, and the threats of violence charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor once he completes three years of probation, Charania adds (Twitter link).

“We are very pleased with this outcome that will allow Malik to continue working on becoming a better person and making better choices,” said his attorney, Steve Haney.

The sentence also includes a three-year ban on alcohol and illicit drug use, with regular testing, and a lifetime ban on possessing firearms, writes Paul Walsh of The Star Tribune. A felony drug charge was dismissed as part of Beasley’s plea agreement.

Beasley, 24, was accused of aiming a rifle at a pregnant woman, her husband and their teenage daughter in an SUV outside his home in September. During a video hearing, he expressed remorse for his actions, Walsh adds, but explained that “for several weeks leading up to this incident, day and night, countless vehicles … came up to my house bothering my family and myself. I was worried and in fear for the safety of us and … all this caused me to be frustrated in this situation.”

Beasley’s house was listed on a Parade of Homes tour, even though had asked to have it removed, according to defense attorney Ryan Pacyga. The family was participating in the tour when the incident occurred.

Beasley asked the judge how he could “apologize face-to-face” to the victims and was instructed to write a letter to them and have it delivered. He is banned from having any future contact with the family.

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19 thoughts on “Malik Beasley Sentenced On Violence Charge

  1. Lil_D_Top_3

    Won’t comment on efficacy or fairness of the sentencing. Not my place, and I wasn’t at the trial. I will say it sounds like there is some remorse there, and I hope he makes the most of this second chance. All I can do is wish him and his victims the best to move forward.

  2. 123Redsox

    This is a joke. If anyone that isn’t a pro athlete committed a crime, they wouldn’t be let finish their seasonal job before serving sentence.

    • phillyballers

      Happens too often. You can kill someone and get off with a slap on the wrist. Donte Stallworth got 30 days in jail for DUI manslaughter.

      • illowa

        see britt reid. multiple chances to be successful only to still be the same person they always are.

      • ghostrobot

        ray lewis is a murderer never saw prison time and the dude is being embraced by the NFL so gross

      • formerlyz

        I’m actually currently walking 2 blocks away from where that happened lol

    • ghostrobot

      dude they release people for armed robbery after a night in jail the fact that this guy got anything more than probation is astonishing especially in today’s climate

    • hiflew

      Sure you can. I used to work with a guy that was free to work M-F and served his sentence on the weekends. It’s not really that uncommon for a short term jail sentence.

    • It’s called a “stay” and it’s not common but not unheard of for first time offenders. So is “weekender status” which you serve Friday night to Sunday night. The average person has absolutely no idea how the criminal justice system actually works. A first time offender rarely does prison time unless the case involves serious violence. This story doesn’t suggest this was the case at all.

  3. hiflew

    Why would anyone go on one of those Parade of Homes tours? They are incredibly invasive of people’s privacy especially if they asked to not be on it. I am not defending Beasley’s response to the incident, but I do understand his feelings of wanting to be left alone.

    • jb10000lakes

      The homes aren’t typically occupied for the event/showings, they are mostly display models that eventually are sold. The catalog had already been printed and distributed when he rented the house, so all PoH could do was rope it off and say it isn’t on the “Parade” any longer.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    If you got money you can get good lawyers. He’s lucky cause I thought he was going to do time. He better wake up, cause not everyone gets other chances.

  5. "Stons" Fan

    Wow people are so desperate for celebrity attention that they tour around MALIK BEASLEY’s HOUSE!?!? That is so sad.

  6. washington_bonercats

    If you think he’s allowed to play the season because he’s an athlete you’re wrong. People are sentenced to jail time with work release literally all the time because most jails are over populated. A lot of people work during the week and spend the weekends locked up. His job isn’t exactly like everyone else’s. Good attorneys and a judge that thinks a kid made a mistake is what is allowing him to do this, not his status in society.

  7. Sensitive Fanboy

    Why would an NBA player participate in a Parade of Homes Tour?

    This doesn’t make sense at all. Sounds to me like Beasley was jacked up on something or multiple somethings, and held a family hostage at gunpoint for a period of time. They had eye witnesses, and the whole works.

    May have even left his property based on losing gun rights for life. None of it sounds good. I’m ok with the punishment, and surprised it wasn’t worse. He probably compensated the family significantly for that consideration

    • jb10000lakes

      He rented the house after it was already listed in the Tour catalog. It was roped off and marked as no longer being on the tour, but obviously, people using the catalog out touring other houses would have no idea until they pulled up in front of that house. It’s a multi-week thing, so there’s no way he didn’t know what was going on (and was roped off as well). I think a large dose of weed paranoia was in play.

      • jb10000lakes

        This version of the story also leaves out the stolen shotgun that was found in his possession (stolen in CO).

      • Sensitive Fanboy

        I would have to believe the story verbatim that paranoia thrust Beasley out into a street with a rifle aimed at another family, holding them there for a period of time, while not technically on his own property. I bartended for over 20 years, and that is not the story of weed paranoia. It doesn’t fit or make sense at all. The conflict would have been enough if the guy was paranoid on weed to never pick up the rifle and walk out his door.

        Beasley is from this story a bad guy, with bad morals. I live rurally & love my guns, and the freedom & protection they provide, but idiots like Beasley wouldn’t know anything about freedom, or Protection. Why I’m sure he was jacked up on real Hard drugs, or just incredibly unintelligent.

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