Guerrero’s New York gun charges dismissed

Guerrero's firearm possession charges dismissed

Guerrero’s New York gun charges dismissed
May 14, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Robert Guerrero was arrested at JFK Airport on March 28. (AP)

Robert Guerrero, who was looking at up to four years in jail for having an unregistered gun at John F. Kennedy Airport, had the charges dismissed after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday morning.

Guerrero was also fined $250 and ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, which he will be allowed to serve back in the Bay Area.

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“I'm pleased that the District Attorney's Office considered my case carefully and resolved it fairly,” Guerrero said in a statement to the press.  “I never intended to violate New York law, but I know that ignorance of the law is not an excuse.  Lesson learned.  I'm happy this incident is behind me and looking forward to returning to the ring as well as serving my community as ordered by the court.”

Following an East Coast media tour to promote his May 4 fight with Floyd Mayweather, Guerrero was arrested at JFK Airport on Mar. 28 and charged with illegally traveling with an unloaded pistol and three unloaded high capacity bullet magazines.

Guerrero had registered the handgun in California and subsequently went through the necessary channels to transport it through Nevada and Virginia. However, he was not licensed to carry the .40-caliber Smith and Wesson M&P in New York, which led to the arrest.

Guerrero’s legal team, led by famed boxing attorney Bruce Zabarauskas and New York-based criminal defense specialist Paul Shechtman, known for defending celebrities such as rapper Lil’ Kim, worked with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office to reach the resolution.

“The plea is consistent with the District Attorney’s policy in that Mr. Guerrero voluntarily disclosed the gun at the airport, and that it was lawfully bought and owned in his home state of California,” said Kevin Ryan, director of communications for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.

Ryan added that the weapon will now be turned over to the NYPD, who will destroy the gun and the magazines.

The Gilroy native will now travel back home, where the city will celebrate Robert Guerrero Day on Saturday.