Boyfriend now charged in Schenectady courthouse gun possession case

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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— The investigation into the woman charged with possessing a gun in her purse as she went through courthouse security in January has now led to the arrest of her boyfriend on similar weapons charges, authorities said.

Jahlil Lane, 22, appeared Monday morning in Schenectady County Court and pleaded not guilty to multiple weapons-related counts.

Lane was identified as the boyfriend of Shawna M. Gibson, 20, of WTRY Road, Niskayuna. She was charged in January with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony.

Gibson is accused of possessing the gun as she passed through court security Jan. 24 at Schenectady City Court on her way to a court appearance by Lane in a criminal mischief case. It was unclear if Lane was with her, but he was not in custody at the time.

All court visitors must pass through a metal detector prior to entering court. Their belongings must pass through an X-ray machine, similar to those used at airports.

Gibson passed through the metal detector without incident, but when her purse was sent through an X-ray machine, it revealed the 9 mm handgun, according to papers filed previously in court.

There were no allegations she threatened to use the weapon.

Security at Schenectady City Court is handled by officers from the state court system.

Both Gibson and Lane have now been indicted on charges related to the incident. They face multiple counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony that carries a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Lane also faces firearm sale charges, for allegedly selling or giving a firearm late last year at an address on Hamlin Street.

Lane appeared in court Monday with attorney John Della Ratta. They told presiding Judge Richard Giardino that Lane served three years in the Army and was given a general discharge with honorable conditions.

Della Ratta also told the court that the gun in question was legally purchased in Kentucky while Lane was in the service.

Della Ratta also said the incident happened when the couple were moving and he thought the gun was in a lock box.

“It appears to me to be based on an accident with no type of criminal intent or wrongdoing,” Della Ratta told the court.

Lane, who remains in custody, became emotional during the proceedings. At one point, he could be heard telling his attorney, “I’m not the type to start trouble.”

Lane is to be back in court this morning for Giardino to determine bail. At issue is how a previous case in Tennessee was resolved: Lane told Giardino the case had been dismissed, but the judge wanted confirmation of that.

Gibson is also scheduled to appear in court this morning for her arraignment.

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