P's producer charged with felony gun possession in Airport, US Attorney
reduces charge to Misdemeanor.
Attorney reduces charge to Misdemeanor"
loaded pistols found in his bag! Airport security under security…
man who carried two loaded semiautomatic pistols through a security
checkpoint Monday at Louis Armstrong International Airport forgot he
put them in a backpack the day before, the man's attorney said Tuesday.
was as surprised as any one," said Thomas Calogero, the New Orleans
attorney for Carlos Stephens, 30, of Baton Rouge. "This was simply
an honest mistake, nothing more."
was booked with attempting to board an airplane with a weapon. The crime
carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
said Stephens was moving the guns Sunday and for some reason stuck them
in a bag with a computer and other music equipment. He was headed to
Los Angeles to work on a music project and took the bag with him, forgetting
that the guns were inside, Calogero said.
told Calogero that the bag went through a metal detector along with
another carry-on bag and that he was not stopped. When the guns turned
up during a random search at the gate, Calogero said Stephens wondered
"why the scanner didn't go off."
"owns firearms like many Americans," Calogero said. "But
he certainly would not have knowingly placed guns in this bag to bring
to the airport."
said “the mistake my client made is no different than what has
happened to other people, including Harry Connick Jr., who in 1993 accidental
carried a 9 mm pistol into John F. Kennedy International Airport in
New York. Charges against Connick were later dismissed.
think his good character, his enormous success and his clean record
make it clear that this was nothing more than an accident," Calogero
said of Stephens.
July 3, 2002 the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana
permitted Stephens to plea guilty to a misdemeanor. Stephens was sentenced
to one year of probation."
in part from Times-Picayune