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Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers linebacker, charged with felony weapons possession

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in San Francisco, California.
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(CBS/AP) SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Aldon Smith, a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office says Smith is expected to surrender later this month.

The 24-year-old Smith is on an indefinite leave from the team while undergoing treatment for substance abuse following a DUI arrest Sept. 20.

The 49ers issued a statement Wednesday saying, "We recognize the serious nature of this situation, as does Aldon."

Last month, Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith's house on June 29, 2012.

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