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Senator facing felony charges

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State Senator Donne Trotter was released from a police lockup on a felony charge of trying to bring a handgun aboard an aircraft. Donne was released on $25,000 bond on December 6. Trotter’s case was covered in a Chicago Tribune story.

Senator Trotter, who is working towards U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Junior’s congressional seat, was ambushed by reporters and cameramen as he was leaving the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Trotter refused to answer any of the press’ questions at the time. Trotter rushed into a black sedan and left the courthouse.

The 62-year-old Senator is facing charges after he tried to board a jet with a gun in his carry-on luggage. Such action is charged as a felony and can lead to sentence of up to three years in prison. Trotter agreed to surrender all of his firearms while he is awaiting his trial.

Trotter told the police he left work as a guard and forgot there was a weapon in his garment bag, prosecutors said. Trotter’s gun was in a side pocket with a magazine that contained six rounds.

Transportation Security Administration officials noticed Trotter’s Beretta handgun as he went through a checkpoint at O’Hare, according to authorities. Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Trotter was headed for Washington.

Sometimes, an honest mistake can lead to serious charges. If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. If you are looking for help in your defense and you live in an area listed on our website, contact our Illinois offices today.

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