Former WNBA Player Chamique Holdsclaw Could Face Up to 65 years in Prison

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Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA basketball player, Chamique Holdsclaw faces six criminal charges for her alleged role in chasing down her ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, on the streets of Atlanta, smashing the SUV’s windows, pouring gas inside and firing a shot in an apparent lovers quarrel.

The two women played together on the Atlanta Dream in 2009. On Wednesday, a grand jury returned a six-count indictment against the 35-year-old Holdsclaw in connection with an attack on the former friend. She is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage in the First Degree, two counts of Criminal Damage in the Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges stem from an incident on November 13, 2012 when victim Jennifer Lacy, driving along East Ponce De Leon Avenue, noticed that someone believed to be the defendant was trailing her. She pulled over near a Hemphill Avenue business, but before she could exit the vehicle, the defendant allegedly began to strike the victim’s car with a baseball bat, shattering several windows. A shot was then fired into the still occupied vehicle.

The victim was not injured, and Holdsclaw turned herself in to authorities later that day.

Holdsclaw suffered a major fall from grace after winning three titles at the University of Tennessee in the late ’90s. Once discussed as an athlete who could bring women’s basketball into the mainstream, Holdsclaw failed to show up for one of her games in 2004 and suddenly retired in 2007 despite impressive play. In an autobiography released last March, Holdsclaw revealed that she suffered from clinical depression and had even attempted suicide. The retired WNBA player could face 65 years in prison if found guilty on all six counts.

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