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By ANGELA DELLI SANTI

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.

Williams was an all-star professional basketball player who later achieved notoriety for mishandling a shotgun while showing it to friends inside his New Jersey home, killing the driver he'd hired for the night.

The 46-year-old says people who paid a lot of money to watch him play did not want him living next to them after he was released in 2012.

He has now devoted his life to helping others.

Williams shared his experiences during a prisoner re-entry conference Thursday.

The event organized by former Gov. Jim McGreevey is exploring post-prison services that reduce recidivism.

Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman also attended.

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