Former airport worker sentenced for taking guns from luggage

A former airport baggage handler has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for stealing guns and ammunition from passengers' luggage.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 1:05 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former airport baggage handler has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for stealing guns and ammunition from passengers' luggage.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported Monday that 27-year-old Deshawn Antonio Kelly was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court.

Kelly told a judge he stole guns from five people who checked bags at Portland International Airport in August and September 2018.

Authorities say Kelly removed firearms he knew were present due to red luggage tags and switched tags, sending luggage to different destinations.

Kelly's attorney says he was arrested before he could sell the guns.

Five guns were recovered but one weapon remained missing after Kelly gave it to a friend who was a convicted felon and gang member.

Prosecutors say victims included a police officer and a gun dealer.

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