Attorney Says Bowers Will Be Cleared Of Gun Charge
The Tampa Tribune reports that the attorney for DE Da’Quan Bowers says his client will be ‘exonerated’ of a gun charge.
The attorney representing Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers against a gun possession charge in New York City said Bowers will be exonerated.
“After a full and fair investigation of the facts and circumstances regarding this registered firearm Mr. Bowers will be fully exonerated,” attorney Dennis Coppin wrote in an email to The Tribune on Tuesday.
Bowers, the Bucs’ second-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Clemson, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of a loaded handgun at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Bowers was arrested at an airport check-in counter after he alerted authorities to the presence of a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag, according to Queens District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Meris Campbell.
Bowers was arraigned late Monday and released after he posted a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court on April 11, Coppin said.
Bowers was arrested on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a Class C felony that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, Campbell said.
“He alerted the authorities to his weapon because he was getting ready to go on the flight, but it’s illegal to carry a handgun in New York City,” Campbell said.