Man gets 5 months in prison for transporting fireworks that LAPD detonated in botched disposal, prosecutors say
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(CNN) – A man who was convicted of transporting illegal fireworks was sentenced to five months in jail Thursday for detonating them at Los Angeles International Airport.
A jury convicted Daniel Reyes on three counts of possessing flammable liquids in a prohibited weapon. It also convicted him of transportation of fireworks into the Los Angeles International Airport and conspiracy to do so.
The verdict capped six days of testimony in the trial of Reyes, 49, who had pleaded not guilty.
After the fireworks detonated on June 11, 2013, authorities said Reyes and a co-conspirator flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a small private plane. They were stopped upon landing by a Transportation Security Administration agent who said he wanted to inspect fireworks.
When Reyes refused to remove them, the agent called police, who escorted him to a checkpoint behind the baggage claim area.
They caught up to Reyes, who told officers he was transporting fireworks for $1,000 each, according to testimony. Reyes said he was transporting more than that, but no proof was uncovered.
Before the court proceeding, prosecutors said Reyes should serve no more than six months of jail time and he should be placed on three years of supervised probation with several conditions including that he participate in an education and treatment program while incarcerated.
Prosecutors also asked for a $30,000 fine.
Reyes had faced up to 10 years in jail if convicted on the possession charge.
Reyes’s attorney argued for six months in jail.
“His offense was not as serious as some of the other defendants,” said his public defender, Joseph L. Goethals. “He didn’t have a history with guns. He was a very nice guy that lived a very quiet life.”
Goethals said he was glad justice was served, adding that the fireworks were “very