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Man armed at Boston graduation pleads not guilty

Monday - 5/19/2014, 11:30pm  ET

BOSTON (AP) -- A mental health evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of trying to take two loaded handguns into a Boston University commencement.

Marshfield resident Andrea Massa was arrested by university police at a bag check area Sunday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of carrying a firearm on school grounds, disturbing a school and disturbing a public assembly. A judge set bail at $100,000.

The Boston Globe reports defense attorney Charles Humphreys said in court Massa mistakenly believed his firearms license allowed him to carry the concealed weapons.

Massa's wife has said he was arrested when he tried to leave the commencement after realizing he wouldn't be let in. She says they were there for her sister's graduation.


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