N.Y. judge dismisses felony gun possession charge against Da'Quan Bowers

Former Tiger star pleaded guilty to reduced charge, will pay $370 fine

Former Clemson player Da'Quan Bowers was on the sideline before the Tigers' game against Georgia Tech.

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Former Clemson player Da'Quan Bowers was on the sideline before the Tigers' game against Georgia Tech.

A judge dismissed a felony charge against former Clemson star Da'Quan Bowers on Thursday for allegedly allegedly carrying a handgun into a New York airport, according to a report by USA Today.

Bowers pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and will pay a $250 fine plus a $120 surcharge, the newspaper reported.

The judge in the case dismissed a second-degree possession of a weapon felony charge.

The charges stemmed from Bowers' arrest at LaGuardia Airport in Flushing, N.Y., on Feb. 18 after police said he was illegally carrying a handgun. A .40 caliber firearm was discovered after Bowers informed officials at a flight check-in counter that he had the weapon. The two-year pro was set to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C.

Bowers, out of Clemson University, started six games as a rookie and none last season for the Bucs, compiling just 13 tackles in 10 appearances. Bowers was activated from the physically unable to perform list in October after tearing his Achilles tendon in May.

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TUN writes:

Finally, a judge ruling sensibly! Let's turn our attention to real matters that the criminal justice system needs to attend to and not Bowers. A simple mistake like this should only receive the mildest of penalties. Kudos judge!

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