Ill. state senator pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:09 p.m.CDT

CHICAGO – An Illinois state senator has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being accused last year of trying to board a flight with a gun.

Donne Trotter's attorney, Thomas Durkin, says his client entered a guilty plea to reckless conduct Wednesday in a plea deal that the judge approved.

Durkin says the deal calls for the conviction to be stricken if Trotter successfully completes a year of non-reporting court supervision.

Trotter had faced a felony gun charge after security stopped him at O'Hare International Airport. His attorneys have said he worked a part-time security job and forgot the weapon was in a garment bag.

Had Trotter been convicted of a felony, he could've lost his senate job.

Durkin calls the deal "both fair and appropriate." He adds Trotter is "very relieved."

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