A court case involving a Lewes man who took a gun into a New York City courthouse has been postponed until Jan. 30.
John Scott de Kuyper, 58, faces a felony charge of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and other charges in connection with a gun that was taken into a New York City courthouse in February 2012. De Kuyper entered the courthouse with a book bag that contained a gun and ammunition. He says the gun was in the book bag by mistake and that he forgot it was in the book bag when he entered the courthouse. He was released on $300,000 bail, $50,000 cash.
De Kuyper was at the courthouse in February to face charges of grand larceny, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in October 2011, where police say de Kuyper attacked a policeman.
De Kuyper was participating in a protest in Times Square when police say he tried to rip the badge off NYPD Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, the department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer. De Kuyper denies he assaulted the officer.
Handling the case is lawyer Gideon Orion Oliver, who said in a previous interview that his client had been receiving chemotherapy for stage IV thyroid cancer and continues to take medication, including high doses of Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone that affects mood, memory and functioning. Oliver said de Kuyper’s medical condition might have led him to forget to remove his handgun from his bag before entering the courthouse.
New York gun laws are very strict; carrying a concealed weapon outside of one’s home or business can result in a violent felony charge. The minimum sentence for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon is two years in prison with a maximum of seven, according to New York code.