New­town teach gun charge nix

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN REX BROWN

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.

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