Orlando International Airport gunman accepts plea deal, documents show

By: WFTV Web Staff , Janine Reyes

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man who brought at gun to Orlando International Airport and threatened to harm himself has accepted a plea deal, according to court documents filed by the Orange County Clerk of Courts. 

Michael Wayne Pettigrew, 26, pleaded nolo contendre, which means he accepts conviction as though a guilty plea, but does not admit guilt. Pettigrew agreed to the plea deal Aug. 16, documents show.

Read: Orlando airport standoff suspect: Who is Michael Pettigrew? 

Pettigrew originally pleaded not guilty on charges related to an incident in May in which he told an airport employee at a Mears Transportation counter that he had a gun and ordered her to use his cellphone to call 911. Pettigrew then had a three-hour standoff with Orlando police before peacefully surrendering. 

Pettigrew will spend 10 months in jail, one day of probation.

He faces charges of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement and carrying a concealed weapon. 

Watch: Passengers describe standoff at Orlando International Airport

Channel 9’s Janine Reyes is following this developing story. Follow her on Twitter and Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. for updates on this story.

 

 

 

 

 

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