LaGuardia "Bomb" Suspect Freed by Judge 7 Weeks Earlier

Wasn't "a threat to himself or others" at the time.

Thursday, Aug 6, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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LaGuardia "Bomb" Suspect Freed by Judge 7 Weeks Earlier

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Scott McGann could go to jail for 7 and a half years.

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The man accused of causing a security scare that shut down LaGuardia Airport was freed seven weeks earlier by a New York City judge who ordered him to get a psychiatric exam.

A spokesman for the Office of Court Administration, David Bookstaver, says Scott McGann was released on June 11 because "he was not, at the time, a threat to himself or others."

McGann's lawyer, Sean Parmentar, says it appears he didn't get the exam.

It's not unusual for judges to release misdemeanor defendants who have no criminal history.

McGann is accused of carrying a phony bomb into LaGuardia on Saturday.

He is charged with placing a false bomb in a transportation facility and making a terrorist threat. If he's found competent he'll appear in court Aug. 18.

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