Robert Guerrero, a six-time and four-division world champion boxer, had all of the firearm charges brought against him after his March arrest dropped on Tuesday, according to a press release sent to Sports Illustrated.
Guerrero, 30, was arrested March 28 at JFK Airport after an unloaded firearm was found in his luggage that he claimed was locked in a safe box. The boxer notified airport security of the firearm while checking the luggage and he was within his legal right to own a firearm in his home state of California. The decision to dismiss the charges was made by the New York State Supreme Court for Queens County. Had he been convicted, he would’ve faced up to four years in prison.
But Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) did plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $250. He is also ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, which he can perform in California.
Guerrero said he never intended to violate any laws but knows that “ignorance of the law is not an excuse.”
“I’m pleased that the District Attorney’s Office considered my case carefully and resolved it fairly,” said Guerrero. “I never intended to violate New York law, but I know that ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Lesson learned. I’m happy this incident is behind me and looking forward to returning to the ring as well as serving my community as ordered by the court.”
The incident at the airport happened while he was on a press tour for his May 4 bout against Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Guerrero lost the fight by a unanimous decision.