A former professional basketball player pleaded guilty Tuesday in the pistol whipping of his girlfriend's brother after a dispute at a cookout in Arnold.

Oliver J. Miller, 41, a former NBA player, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to first-degree assault and carrying a handgun, allegations that stemmed from a family argument at a cookout in April. Deputy State's Attorney Thomas J. Fleckenstein said that Miller followed Jason Worley from the cookout, and was seen whacking Worley in the head and face with a handgun outside Worley's home before driving away. Worley suffered a concussion and other injuries, the prosecutor said, but the gun was not found.

The maximum sentence would be more than 25 years, and Fleckenstein said he will seek jail time for Miller, who has no prior convictions.

Judge Paul A. Hackner would allow Miller to withdraw his plea if he's inclined to sentence him to more than 18 months, Fleckenstein said. Sentencing is scheduled for December.

Miller played on NBA teams mostly in the 1990s, including the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons. He also had stints elsewhere, including with the Harlem Globetrotters and teams in Europe.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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