BREAKING: Felony Charges Dropped Against Nuclear Engineer Who Made Simple Carry Permit Mistake
Earlier today we reported on a story about Jeremy Preston, a nuclear engineer working Delaware, who was charged with a felony for carrying a Glock handgun in his car in Delaware, after his Tennessee carry permit automatically expired when he obtained a Delaware driver’s license.
Preston said nothing he found in either state’s online documentation pointed to the fact that he would need to change his carry permit when he changed his license. Preston maintains a residence and pays taxes in both states.
After all of the media attention it seems prosecutors have now decided to drop the charges.
According to DelwareOnline.com,
Although the Attorney General’s Office had initially instructed Middletown police to file the charge against Preston that could have put him behind bars for up to eight years, prosecutor Mark Denney said a more thorough review of the facts convinced authorities to drop the case…
…“This was not something that needed to be treated as a violent felony or someone who had a horrible criminal history,’’ Denney said.
This isn’t an all clear for Preston, however, and the damage to his life may already have been done. Preston hasn’t been allowed to return to his six figure engineering job at an area nuclear plant since the incident started. Preston has spent his entire educational and professional career to get to the highly specialized job he currently holds, and now his arrest record may put that in danger.
Preston is hoping to get his arrest record expunged and hopefully resume working soon. Preston also wanted to encourage states to make their carry permit policies regarding reciprocity and expiration more clear and easier to find.