UPDATE: Delaware State Senator pleads guilty to firearm charges in Wicomico Co.
A local senator has pleaded guilty to firearm charges, after authorities found a handgun in his possession in June, in Salisbury.
Officials with the Wicomico County States's Attorney's Office say on Friday, Delaware State Senator Brian Pettyjohn pleaded guilty to wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun, in Salisbury. The charges stem from an incident in June, where the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag belonging to Pettyjohn at the Salisbury Ocean City Regional Airport.
According to officials, Pettyjohn was sentenced to 18 months of probation before judgment, and the handgun was forfeited.
In reference to the legal proceedings, Delaware State Senator Pettyjohn released the following statement:
"As I have said in the past, I'm not the first person who has made an honest mistake. I'm thankful for the professionalism of all parties involved, including my counsel John Phoebus. My family and I are happy that this is now behind us, and I look forward to continuing to work for and represent the people of the 19th senate district."