Carlo Bellario faced up to 30 years in prison because he waved a pellet gun on a suburban street in New Jersey while filming a movie.
As Off The Grid News recently reported, Bellario never actually fired the CO2-powered airsoft pellet gun, but he spent three days in jail, and had to pay $10,000 in bail.
Bellario, 48, eventually took a plea deal in late July that will involve only probation. He wanted to fight the charge as a matter of principle, but chose not to take his chances after talking to his attorney, who warned him that probation is better than 30 years in prison.
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He splits his time between being a comedian and an actor. He did not know it at the time, but the film company did not have a license to film the movie.
“I just want it to be over,” he told NJ.com. “I don’t agree with it, but you know what, I am out of jail, and I don’t ever have to see these people again.”
The actor and comedian initially was charged under New Jersey’s Graves Act, which makes it a crime to possess any projectile weapon, including BB and pellet guns, without a special permit.
His plea involved pleading guilty to a lesser charge of creating false public alarm.
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