Guns

Plea Deal for Meredith Graves; Brought Gun to 9/11 Memorial

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Tennessee woman who accidentally brought a gun to the 9/11 memorial in New York City has struck a deal that will keep her out of prison.

As Opposing Views reported last December, Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial around Christmastime when she realized she had her legally registered gun in her bag. When she asked a guard where she could check it, she was arrested.

New York does not recognize guns that are registered in other states, and Graves faced a felony change with a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison.

After much outrage that such a simple mistake could lead to such a long prison term, a deal was reached Monday for Graves to plead guilty to a misdemeanor weapons possession charge that carries no prison time.

"She's happy that this ordeal is over and she's looking forward to getting on with her life and her career as a doctor," her lawyer Daniel Horwitz told the New York Post. Graves will graduate from medical school in May.

Horwitz doesn't think the conviction should affect her medical career. "We're hoping that wherever she ends up practicing, this is the kind of disposition where licensing boards have a lot of discretion," he said.

A former Marine was arrested a few days after Graves for the same infraction. Thus far he has turned down the same plea deal.