93ºF

Man sentenced for illegally carrying firearm on aircraft

U.S. Attorney's Office: Jordan Gunter pretended to be law enforcement officer

photo

SAN ANTONIO – A 26-year-old man was sentenced Friday for illegally carrying a firearm on an aircraft, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.

Jordan Gunter, of Pflugerville, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Gunter pleaded guilty on May 11 to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and one count of carrying a weapon on an aircraft.

By pleading guilty, Gunter admitted that on Jan. 10, 2016, he possessed a firearm in Pearsall. The U.S. Attorney's Office said at the time, Gunter was federally prohibited from doing so due to a 2011 criminal conviction in Maryland for possession of a concealed deadly weapon.

Gunter also admitted that on March 9, 2015, he boarded a flight at San Antonio International Airport while in possession of a firearm after claiming to Transportation Security Administration authorities that he was a law enforcement officer with the additional required training to carry a firearm on an airplane, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Information provided in court at sentencing revealed Gunter boarded multiple commercial flights while transporting an actual prisoner as he pretended to be a law enforcement officer, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Gunter has remained in federal custody since his arrest last February.


About the Author: