Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Switzer Avoids More Serious Charge

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Switzer Avoids More Serious Charge

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Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer was charged Thursday with unlawfully carrying a weapon but not the more serious felony of having a loaded revolver in his carry-on baggage at an airport.

Tarrant County, Texas, prosecutors charged Switzer with the Class A misdemeanor for carrying the handgun without a permit. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Carrying a weapon into an airport is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

"He had no prior criminal record," said Robert Mayfield, assistant Tarrant County district attorney. "There were no other offenses, and we could find no ulterior motive in the incident."

U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins has said the case likely wouldn't warrant federal charges because there were no threats of hijacking or physical injury.

Switzer has said he put the .38-caliber pistol in his luggage to hide it from children visiting his home but forgot to remove it before going to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. …

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