Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bucs Da'Quan Bowers gets off easy on felony gun rap

New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the country but, when it comes to someone breaking those laws because of stupidity, the same courts can sometimes be lenient.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers found that out after he copped a plea in Queens Thursday to settle two felony charges stemming from his gun bust at LaGuardia Airport in February.

Bowers pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and will pay a $370 fine. The case will now be "sealed upon payment" Queens Criminal Court Judge Dorothy Chin-Brandt said.

The penalty carries no jail time or probation.

The 23-year-old Bowers told a LaGuardia ticket agent on Feb. 18 he had a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol in his suitcase. The gun and a magazine with eight rounds of ammunition were wrapped in pairs of jeans, prosecutors said.

Bowers was on his way back to Florida after visiting New York City with his girlfriend when he was arrested. The gun, purchased in Florida according to his lawyer, was licensed in his native South Carolina.

Bowers was initially charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon and freed on a $10,000 bond. The same charges that got former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress a couple of years in the joint.

Bowers did not speak to reporters Thursday but he tweeted his fans after the judge made her decision.

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