Guilty plea in Utah airplane knife smuggling case

Jan 26, 2012, 7:13 PM

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah man accused of smuggling a knife onto an airplane and threatening to kill police has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in federal court.

David Alan Anderson entered a guilty plea to a single count of possessing a dangerous weapon Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Prosecutors dropped two other felony charges in exchange for the plea.

The 60-year-old faces a maximum prison term of 10 years at sentencing April 9.

Anderson was arrested Sept. 18 after being removed from a Las Vegas-bound Delta Airlines flight in Salt Lake City. They say he had a knife in his bag and threatened to kill his seatmate in a dispute over a shared armrest.

Defense attorney Steven Killpack says Anderson mistakenly left the knife in his briefcase.

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Guilty plea in Utah airplane knife smuggling case