Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers will head to court in New York today to face felony gun charges from the incident that led to his arrest Feb. 19 at La Guardia Airport.
Bowers is accused of carrying a .40 caliber hand gun in his luggage to the check-in counter, and he faces two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, Class C felonies in New York that carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 ½ years in prison, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
Bowers’ attorney Dennis Coppin is confident the player will be exonerated because Bowers alerted the presence of the weapon to airline employees. The gun is registered to Bowers but not in New York. The Bucs have operated with the mind-set that Bowers will not be gone for long, either, so they clearly believe in Coppin as well.
We’ll see what direction this case heads. Obviously, the Bucs don’t want him to run an out route like Plaxico Burress did when he had into gun troubles in New York after shooting a hole in his leg.
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