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The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Jackson facing jail

AP , ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Jackson pictured last year while still at the Indiana Pacers.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Jackson violated his probation in Michigan when Indiana prosecutors charged him with firing a gun outside a strip club, a judge ruled on Friday.

Jackson was serving probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his role in a 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

He is charged in Indiana with criminal recklessness -- a felony -- and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.

Jackson faces jail time. But his lawyer, James Burdick, said he believes District Court Judge Julie Nicholson will make a sentencing determination based on the outcome of the Indiana case.

Police said Jackson fired a gun in the air at least five times during an Oct. 6 fight outside an Indianapolis strip club. Jackson originally told police that he fired the gun in self-defense, but Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Jackson retrieved his gun from his car and fired it before he was struck and injured by another car.

Jackson was one of several Pacers who went into the stands and fought with Detroit fans during one of the worst brawls in US sports history.

Jackson was suspended for 30 games and sentenced to a year of probation, community service and a fine.

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