Will his new protest will involve stopping his cellmate from “occupying” his backside?
A tattooed and pierced Occupy Wall Street protester will go to prison for two years after pleading guilty in Manhattan today to attempted weapons possession — for the .45-caliber handgun he told cops he got because “it went with my look.”
Ink-bedecked Joshua Fellows, 32, whistled cheerfully as he left the courtroom. He’ll remain free on $35,000 bail until his sentencing date, Nov. 7.
“The gun was gifted” to me, at an Occupy Asheville encampment in North Carolina, Fellows told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman in copping to the reduced charge.
He’d faced the mandatory maximum of three and a half years prison under his original weapons possession charge for the handgun, which was recovered when cops searched his Budget rental van.
“I’m not sure,” he said, when the judge asked him how much ammunition he also had — cops say they recovered 32 rounds.
“I don’t even know if it worked at all,” he told the judge. “I’m guessing, maybe 30 shots.”
Fellows had been driving around the city with a band of some 40 fellow protesters, attending post-Zuccotti Park “Day of Action” events last November when the cops pulled him over.