LaGuardia bomb scare suspect had been freed by NYC judge 7 weeks earlier

LaGuardia suspect had been freed by NY judge

NEW YORK — The man accused of causing a security scare that shut down LaGuardia Airport was freed seven weeks earlier by a New York City judge who ordered him to get a psychiatric exam.

A spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, David Bookstaver, says Scott McGann was released on June 11 because “he was not, at the time, a threat to himself or others.”

McGann’s lawyer, Sean Parmentar, says it appears he didn’t get the exam.

It’s not unusual for judges to release misdemeanor defendants who have no criminal history.

McGann is accused of carrying a phony bomb into LaGuardia on Saturday.

He is charged with placing a false bomb in a transportation facility and making a terrorist threat. If he’s found competent he’ll appear in court Aug. 18.

Information from: Daily News, www.nydailynews.com

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NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of causing a security scare that shut down LaGuardia Airport was freed seven weeks earlier by a New York City judge who ordered him to get a psychiatric exam.

A spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, David Bookstaver, says Scott McGann was released on June 11 because “he was not, at the time, a threat to himself or others.”

McGann’s lawyer says it appears he didn’t get the exam.

It’s not unusual for judges to release misdemeanor defendants who have no criminal history.

McGann is accused of carrying a phony bomb into LaGuardia on Saturday.

He is charged with placing a false bomb in a transportation facility and making a terrorist threat. If he’s found competent he’ll appear in court Aug. 18.

Information from: Daily News, www.nydailynews.com

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