Remember the guy who put on a plate carrier and a rifle and walked into a Missouri China-Mart and filmed it? Some news on that dropped today.
A man who caused panic at a Missouri Walmart when he walked inside wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons in what he described as an effort to test his right to bear arms has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Dmitriy Andreychenko, 21, pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of making a false report, which is a misdemeanor. Under the terms of the plea, he was ordered to serve 48 hours of shock incarceration and two years of probation. He also must receive firearm training, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said in a news release. He initially was charged with a felony count of making a terrorist threat, which was punishable by up to four years in prison.
Police arrested Andreychenko on Aug. 8 after he filmed himself walking through the store with the weapons, prompting shoppers and employees to leave. The incident came just days after 22 people were killed during an attack at another Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
An off-duty firefighter held Andreychenko at gunpoint until officers arrived.
His attorney, Dee Wampler, said in a statement released Friday in advance of the plea that Andreychenko is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
“His intention was to make a statement of his right to openly carry a firearm, which was legal but — for which he now admits was ill-timed given a recent Texas Walmart shooting,” the statement said. “It was a very bad idea which he now regrets. Regardless of how it looked, he never intended to harm or frighten anyone and merely saw it as a way to exercise his rights.”
During an interview with KYTV in August, Andreychenko said the act was “foolish” and “innocent,” but he did not regret his actions.
I know a lot of people have some hard feelings and harder words for this kid but I am glad he isn’t getting shafted too bad. Honestly he did nothing illegal and that is a fact. Yes he scared some people and it was poor timing. But I fail to see how poor timing is voids a right. Alas, we don’t live in a perfect country with freedom minded people who love liberty though and much fallout was made from this. I will leave my feelings on the open carry ( very pro open carry, deal with it)argument and the spazzes who like to reeeeeeee about it for another day or the comments.