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February 19, 2013 @ 12:40 pm
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Bowers Released From Jail, Future Uncertain

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Tampa Bay's Da'Quan Bowers apparent absent-minded mistake that led to his arrest on a gun possession charge could create major headaches for the 22-year old and the franchise. Bowers posted a $10,000 bail on Monday evening and was released with a very uncertain future.
Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond on Monday night, but still faces a potentially long and difficult path to keep from returning.

The former 2011 second-round draft pick out of Clemson was attempting to board a U.S. Airways flight from New York to Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday, when he was found with a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag and was arrested. Bowers reportedly had forgotten the gun was in his bag and notified the authorities at the airport that he was in possession of the handgun.

Unfortunately for Bowers the state of New York – and New York City in particular – have some of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation. Authorities charged Bowers with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree — the same charge brought against former New York Giants wideout Plaxico Burress after he accidentally shot himself at a nightclub in 2008. Burress pleaded guilty to a lesser charge but still served two years for the crime.

Bowers has retained defense attorney Dennis Coppin who in a statement to the Tampa Tribune said Bowers will be "fully exonerated'' of all charges pending a fair investigation of facts.

An attorney that spoke with PewterReport.com on Tuesday said Bowers could possibly end up being charged with third-degree possession instead of second degree, which would greatly reduce his sentence. The third-degree charge has no minimum guidelines and could range from prison time, to just a fine and probation. The attorney said that the Queens County District Attorney’s office will decide the final charges after a review of the facts, one of which was if the gun was registered. Reports say that the gun is registered to Bowers in South Carolina.

Bowers was reportedly in New York for a surprise birthday gift from his girlfriend and the two were on their way back to South Carolina when the arrest took place at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik issued this statement late Monday evening.

“We are aware of the situation, and are gathering information. We will withhold comment until we know all the facts.”

PewterReport.com has attempted to contact Bowers agent and also his attorney and will update the story as more information is gathered.


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    I don't see Bowers getting nothing, but a fine for Transit Authority to save face. It was stupid of him though to put himself in this position in the first place.
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    Where is the criminal intent when Bowers voluntarily tells authorities about the gun. Once they confirmed that he had a legal registration for the weapon, they should have allowed him to go back to baggage and send the gun on the plane in his carry on bag in the baggage section under the passenger area of the plane. How many people have walked up to Court House and realized they forgot to leave their pocket knife in their car and had to double back and put it in their trunk. I don't see Bowers getting any hard time on this, and this is a case where the Bucs should realize this situation is not in the realm of the bad boy players that do not fit the Buccaneer Way. Schiano should keep him and I do not expect the league to discipline him either. We need Bowers to put this behind him and develop into the great sacker that we need. After all, Bennet is likely to consider bids from other teams and may be gone to the highest bidder.
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    I agree Bucko40 , common sense went out the window after September 11 , 2001
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    Dwight Freeny ... come on down!
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    jongruden -WRONG - laws are seldom black and white. There is a huge difference between shooting yourself in a night club with an illegal weapon, and notifying authorities that you have made a mistake and wanted to let them know. I have almost walked into a Sheriff's Office and the Legislators' buliding in Tallahassee while legally carrying a concealed, loaded and chambered firearm. Fortunately for me, it suddenly dawned on me what was in my pocket. I turned 180 degrees and took care of the problem before returning. I believe Bower's was trying to correct a mistake. Let's hope a judge buys that too.
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    If "laws were black and white" as you said JonnyG we could get rid of the attorneys. As the old 60's song goes, "what a wonderful world it would be"
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    laws are black and white untill you go to trial where lawyers come in and put the "grey" into the law
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    jongruden/Bucko40 loaded in NYC is different then your definition of loaded. He had a gun with the bullets out of it but in the same secure carrying case. Hardly what most of us would consider loaded or a criminal act. kevkel, as for having a gun get through security in luggage probably happens hundreds of times a day. Carry-on gets a much more thorough look (As it should). If Bowers puts the case back in his checked luggage I'd bet there is over a 90% chance we all never would have knew it happened. macabee good points. I don't own a handgun anymore. I know where I live I'm (or my family) more likely to get killed by my own gun then someone else's. But, I like living in Florida where we have 1 million concealed weapons permits. Yes 1 million or almost twice as many as Texas to put that in perspective. If some nut starts shooting up a movie theater or a Walmart in Florida he almost certainly will get shot back at while the rest of us get a chance to grab our kids/women and run for cover if the nut-job is to far away to bum-rush.
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    Ok, we have one very stupid Buc that turns himself in for a crime in a state that is very tough on his particular indiscretion. No harm done, nor intended. All the licenses are in order and no past criminal record. His ambulance chaser says he will walk. Bottom line 1 to 2 yrs with time off for good behavior and a hefty fine. The only good news is he will not be tried until after the end of the 2013 season due to the back log of cases in the NY court system. We should bring Talib back and force he and Bowers to give each other Wonderlic tests during the off season until one passes. Buc Men?????
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    So much for doing the right thing. Buccaneers DE DeQuan Bowers travels to NY from SC. While in NY he realizes he has a loaded pistol in his carry-on. A registered pistol that he forgot to leave in SC. He brings the mistake to the Airlines attention rather than go through security and get caught. For his honesty Bowers gets arrested. and charged with a felony. Where is the common sense in Law Enforcement. I guess it's just another notch for the NYPD. We got another athlete. Yes Bowers was stupid. but was it a crime. That's a grey area IMO. My bigger question would be how did Bowers get from SC to NY? Did he fly and if he did, why wasn't the weapon found then.
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    Laws are black and white Buck040- It doesn't matter that he was trying to do the right thing by alerting the attendant or not the FACT is he had a loaded gun at the airport Period!
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    The law is anything but black and white; it may be that way on paper, but the judicial system is wrought with shades of grey. He will get credit for reporting the weapon. I'm thinking a fine, possibly community service, but definitely no significant jail time. It gets interesting once we consider the iron fist of the Commish.
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    My question ? If they were coming back from South Carolina, how did the gun get there with them originally ?
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    I believe he will get probation at worse and hopefully no charges because he did notify the authorities about the gun. The law is for real criminals and real intent to do harm to others. I don't think it is bad as I thought; at first I thought that they found it during the xray part of the boarding process.
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    OK guys, now it's time to put this matter into perspective. The media is quick to point out that these are the same charges that was made against Plaxico Burress. Not to lessen the seriousness of the charge, but the DA is already signalling the magnitude of this charge. Anybody who has been near a court knows that bail is based on the severity of the charge and is insurance against the risk of flight. Bowers' bail is set at $10,000 and Plaxico's bail was set at $100,000. Bowers lives out of state in Florida. What does that tell you?
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    One charge for the gun. one charge for the loaded ammo.
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    2 charges for one gun? I'm confused
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