Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 April 2015

Rip Torn admits bank gun charges

Actor Rip Torn pleaded guilty to the charges
Actor Rip Torn pleaded guilty to the charges

Rip Torn has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations he broke into a Connecticut bank while drunk and armed.

The veteran actor, who plays Don Geiss in 30 Rock and who has appeared in movies such as Men In Black and The Beastmaster, was arrested in January after police found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp with a loaded revolver.

A prosecuting lawyer says the Emmy Award-winning actor pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and the illegal carrying of a firearm.

The 80-year-old actor was given a suspended sentence of two and a half years, and three years of probation. Conditions include a ban on firearm possession and random drug and alcohol tests.

A defence attorney said Torn was thankful no one was injured and he did not end up in jail.

Torn won an Emmy in 1996 for his work on The Larry Sanders Show.

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