American man has been in prison for 20 years after trying to board a flight in Japan with a loaded gun
American man is in jail for 20 years after trying to board a flight in Japan with a loaded gun that he claims to have accidentally packed in his luggage
- Man is in custody after being caught with a loaded gun trying to board
- Michael Applegate claims that he did not know that the weapon was in his luggage
- Narita International Airport authorities have prevented Applegate from boarding
- He could stand behind bars in Japan for between four and 20 years if he is convicted
An American man can get up to 20 years in prison for trying to board a domestic Japanese flight on Monday with a loaded gun in his luggage.
Michael Edward Applegate claimed that he did not know the weapon was in his luggage and said he had packed it by accident.
The 43-year-old remains in custody at the Narita International Airport police station and has yet to be charged.
An American man can be sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for attempting to board a domestic Japanese flight with a loaded gun in his luggage on Monday (stock image)
The 43-year-old remains in custody at the Narita International Airport police station and still has to be charged (stock image)
Applegate flew Monday from Seattle to Narita International Airport with the gun in his luggage.
He was in transit to fly from Narita to Okinawa in his own country, where according to the US Navy he had to start a new job as a fireman, according to CNN.
However, he never got that far when airport authorities discovered the Smith & Wesson automatic pistol loaded with 14 bullets and a magazine loaded with another 14 bullets in his checked baggage.
He was arrested on Tuesday at approximately 5.50 p.m. in Terminal 1 of Narita International Airport.
Applegate flew Monday from Seattle to Narita International Airport (photo) with the gun in his luggage
Applegate did not deny that the weapon belonged to him, but said he did not know how it came in his bag and suspected that he had accidentally packed it in a hurry.
If convicted, Applegate could stand behind bars for between three and 20 years.
Those traveling with firearms must keep them separately from their normal baggage, according to Japanese law.
The case can be considered with particular seriousness because the firearm was also loaded.
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