“As soon as he got stopped, he said that the gun was not his and that he had packed his wife’s backpack on his way to a performance in Houston; they were staying in a hotel before moving into a new house,” Findling said.
Findling said one of the best pieces of evidence to corroborate Malphurs’ story was a TMZ photo that showed the couple at an earlier date walking around the airport and sporting identical backpacks.
Malphurs, 30, did not testify at the trial, but Rivera, a licensed gun owner, did.
The case originally started with five counts, which would have carried a sentence of a year each. By the time the case was presented to the jury, it was knocked down to two counts and a 24-month sentence if convicted.
Malphurs is headed to Panama City, Fla., where he is scheduled to perform Thursday night.
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