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Boxer Robert Guerrero arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport

Gilroy, Calif. native and current WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero was arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Thursday for attempting to bring a gun aboard a plane.  According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Guerrero  gave a locked box containing an unloaded .40-caliber handgun to a ticket agent while checking in for the flight.

The box also contained three unloaded magazines and was registered in California, the state where he resides, but Brown said state laws prohibit Guerrero from carrying the gun in New York.  Guerrero could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

“For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear,” said Brown.  “You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon, loaded or unloaded, into this county or this city.  And if you do, you will be arrested and face felony charges.”

Guerrero was arraigned before the New York State Supreme Court for Queens County and later released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to appear in court on May 14, which won’t affect his Saturday, May 4 fight against Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We are very pleased Robert Guerrero was released on his own recognizance this afternoon in the wake of this incident and that he is on his way back to Las Vegas to continue training for his highly anticipated May 4 bout against Mayweather,” said Guerrero’s promotion team and Golden Boy Promotions in a joint statement.

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Ben Hernandez Jr.

Ben Hernandez Jr. is a Los Angeles native who is unable to eliminate his fixation for sports, particularly the NBA. He currently works as a writer/editor for a business school and has written for various publications on topics, such as finance, politics, and health. Sports-wise, he has covered the LA Lakers and Clippers on Examiner.com. Ben is also a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
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