Newtown teach gun charge nix
A MAN WHO accidentally shot a 10-year-old boy in the shoulder during a family gathering on Staten Island had no idea the gun was loaded, his lawyer said Sunday.
Semion Mosheshvili, 42, was handling the gun in the upstairs bedroom of the house on Deisius St. near Prall Ave. in Huguenot on Saturday night when the Hewlett, L.I., man accidentally squeezed off a round, his lawyer, Arthur Gershfeld, told the Daily News.
He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child, authorities said.
“He had no idea the gun was loaded, and there is no question this was an accident,” Gershfeld said. “Everybody knows it was an accident. Even the police.”
The bullet tore through three walls and a ceiling before lodging in the shoulder of the boy, who was playing in the kitchen downstairs, Gershfeld said. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was in stable condition Sunday.
Mosheshvili was with his wife and five children at their longtime friends’ home when the incident occurred. The woman who owns the home is the licensed holder of the gun, cops said.
“These aren’t reckless human beings,” Gershfeld said. “These are noble people. Accidents happen.”
Mosheshvili was free Sunday after making bail. DANBURY, Conn. — A criminal charge against a former Newtown teacher who police say brought a loaded gun into school is set to be dismissed.
A lawyer for Jason Adams said he successfully completed a ninemonth probation program that allows charges to be erased.
Attorney John Maxwell said he expects a state judge in Danbury on Wednesday to dismiss a felony charge of possession of a gun on school grounds.
Police said Adams brought a loaded .45-caliber pistol into Newtown Middle School in April last year. Adams had a permit for the gun, but state law prohibits firearms on school grounds. The teacher later resigned.
Maxwell said Adams brought the weapon after receiving threatening messages from conspiracy theorists who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown never happened. THE SUNDAY showdown pitting Megyn Kelly against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for spreading the vile lie that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax ended in a draw.
Kelly’s interview with the unrepentant Infowars host had prompted an outcry from the families of Sandy Hook victims, as well as others who said it was wrong to give a platform to his unfounded views.
Kelly addressed the furor at the opening of “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” her new newsmagazine on NBC.
“Some thought we shouldn’t broadcast this interview . . . . But here’s the thing: Alex Jones isn’t going away,” Kelly said, noting that Jones has the ear of President Trump himself.
During the interview, Kelly challenged Jones for causing “so much pain” to people already devastated by the massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Newtown, Conn., school in 2012.
“I didn’t create that story,” Jones insisted, recounting videos he’d watched that led him to have doubts about gunman Adam Lanza’s massacre.
Newtown father Neil Heslin, whose 6-yearold son, Jesse Lewis, was killed in the attack, told Kelly that Jones had made his horrible pain even worse. “I lost my son. I buried my son,” Heslin said. “It’s disrespectful to me,” he said of Sandy Hook conspiracies. “I take that very personal.”
As the episode was broadcast, Jones offered commentary on his YouTube livestream, continuing to discuss his doubts about Newtown. He also released a Father’s Day message to the Sandy Hook families offering his “sincere condolences” and inviting them onto his show, but making no apologies to them.
Kelly turned up the heat on Jones while questioning him about his role spreading the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy about a child-sex ring involving members of the Democratic Party, as well as a conspiracy about a Chobani factory in Idaho falsely linked to the 2016 sexual assault of a child. The factory employs refugees.
Kelly noted that in both cases, Jones was forced to read on-air apologies — though he didn’t seem very contrite.
“You don’t sound very sorry,” Kelly said. “It’s not the media (that’s to blame). You. Are you sorry?” Jones did not say he was sorry. She also questioned Jones about how he selects the topics he shares with his millions of listeners. The Infowars “newsroom” is a freewheeling atmosphere in which Jones riffs off of articles posted to the internet, Kelly reported.
“If you just look at an article and discuss it, it’s garbage in, garbage out . . . I’m just trying to figure out what the vetting process is?” Kelly asked.
The interview also featured Trump’s chilling praise of Jones on the campaign trail, telling Jones “your reputation is amazing.”
Jones confirmed he’d received phone calls from the President.
“He’s just called sometimes and talked about politics or thanked me,” Jones said.
How many times has Trump called, Kelly asked.
“I don’t wanna get into all that,” Jones said. attention to Jones. But that’s old news. NBC News tried to balance her report with a show-ending testimonial from Tom Brokaw about hate speech in America today. He made a lot of sense, but adding him into the telecast to provide gravitas was so blatant. Kelly’s profile of Jones comes just two weeks after she was stymied in an interview with duplicitous Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Sure, it took guts to fly to St. Petersburg and lob questions at the former KGB spymaster. But he walked all over her in that interview, and worse, The Huffington Post revealed on Saturday how she wasted a huge chunk of her precious time with Putin by stroking his ego and allowing him to spout propaganda. Kelly has argued that it’s important for her to “shine a light” on Jones, a man whose influence grows by the day. And she’s right, we need to be paying attention to him. Here’s the problem: At this point, Kelly just doesn’t have the chops to handle these monsters. Maybe one day she will. In a preinterview phone conversation with Jones that he taped and released on his website, Kelly described herself to him as a combination of “Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey and Larry the Cable Guy.” She also told him she had no plans to meet with him “and be Barbara Walters.” Wrong. We needed Walters, Diane Sawyer or Ed Bradley for a job like this. Walters and Wallace could handle despots like Jones and Putin. Walters, in her prime, could be counted on to go for the jugular, while Wallace was a master of the skeptical followup question. He coaxed his subjects out with near-perfect incredulousness to expose their own hypocrisy and ridiculousness. She’s certainly not Oprah, but maybe Kelly and Larry the Cable Guy have something in common after all: She was once a bigstar—oncable.
Laura Dimon The Associated Press Megyn Kelly (right and above, r.) takes on Alex Jones (above left) and his conspiracy-spreading outlet, Infowars, on her NBC Sunday night newsmagazine.