• Orlando International Airport gunman accepts plea deal, documents show

    By: WFTV Web Staff , Janine Reyes


    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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