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Illinois State Sen. Trotter pleads guilty to reckless conduct

April 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

CHICAGO, April 24 (UPI) -- Illinois State Sen. Donne Trotter pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor reckless conduct for attempting to board a flight with a handgun.

Trotter, 63, was arrested in December after a .25 caliber Beretta handgun was noticed in a side pocket of his carry-on luggage at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

In a plea deal arranged with Cook County prosecutors, Judge Charles Burns sentenced Trotter to a year of court supervision and 60 hours of community service, the Chicago Tribune reported. Prosecutors dropped the original felony charge, of bringing a gun onto a plane.

His arrest provoked interest because, at the time, he was considered a front-runner to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Trotter dropped his bid to fill Jackson's seat after the arrest.

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