Andrew Despres Charged for Wearing Non-Live Ammo Belt

| by Michael Allen
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Andrew Despres was reportedly expelled from Fitchburg State University (FSU) on December 17, 2012 for disrespecting teachers, possession of marijuana and a graffiti incident in the men's bathroom.

When the student returned to the FSU campus to retrieve his belongings, he was arrested for trespassing and wearing a belt made of non-live ammunition, which his mother bought him.

The trespassing charge arose because he didn't first alert FSU officials before coming on campus to pick up his belongings, noted the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

For wearing the ammo belt on campus, he was charged with possession of semiautomatic rifle ammunition without a Firearm Identification Card.

However, in June 2013, state trooper and firearms specialist Christopher Dougherty testified that the belt's brass bullet shells lacked the components of live ammo, such as primers and gun powder.

The ammunition charge was eventually dismissed, but Despres will not get the belt back, ruled Fitchburg District Court Judge Andrew Mandell.

The judge also sentenced Despres today to one year of administrative probation for trespassing. Despres is not allowed contact with FSU employees and cannot enter the campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Despres' lawyer, Michael Erlich said the student had worn the belt on campus the entire time he was a student and was approved by Homeland Security when he went to see the Statue of Liberty.

Source: Worcester Telegram and Gazette