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A judge sentenced Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith to 90 days in jail Tuesday night for causing an auto accident that killed his friend, though Smith will likely end up serving only 30.

Municipal Judge Debra J. Gelson suspended 60 days of the sentence providing Smith performs 500 hours of community service consisting of visiting sick children at hospitals.

Smith, who grew up in this town about 20 miles east of Trenton, was taken to county jail Tuesday night to begin serving his sentence.

“He’s 23 years old; he’s a tough kid and he’s going to do these four weeks and come out a better person,” said Kevin Hextall, an attorney representing Smith.

Gelson also suspended Smith’s license for two years, to begin next March after Smith’s current license suspension expires.

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