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Federal Prosecutors Ask for Life Sentence for Convicted LAX Shooter

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to impose a life sentence on Paul Ciancia, the man killed a TSA officer and wounded there other people when he opened fire inside a Los Angele International Airport terminal, MyNewsLA.com reports. 

Ciancia “plotted to commit mass murder at one of the nation’s foremost transportation hubs, murdered a beloved public servant in cold blood, seriously injured two other federal officers whom he shot and was attempting to kill, shot and injured a passenger who was traveling to attend a wedding, and terrified hundreds of other passengers and employees at LAX who feared for their lives and the safety of their families,” according to the document filed in advance of Ciancia’s Nov. 7 sentencing hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed and two additional TSA officers were wounded. Also injured was a teacher, Brian Ludmer.

“This decision will require the Bureau of Prisons to balance several important factors, including considerations of facility security and the safety of federal prison workers in light of defendant’s mental condition and the fact that he continues to subscribe to the belief structure that contributed to the commission of his crimes,” the prosecutor wrote.

Ciancia pleaded guilty to 11 counts of murder and other charges on Sept. 6. He dodged the death penalty by entering into a plea agreement.

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Man Who Killed TSA Officer, Wounded 3 Others Pleads Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill a TSA officer and wound three others at Los Angeles International Airport because he was angry about security checks pleaded guilty to murder and 10 other charges on Tuesday.

Paul Ciancia pleaded as part of a deal with prosecutors that will keep him off death row. Instead, he will face mandatory life in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Federal authorities said Ciancia shot TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez 12 times at a passenger ID checkpoint in November 2013. Three other TSA officers were injured.

Ciancia was captured on security cameras as he stalked his victims.

A note from Ciancia said he was angry with airport security checks.

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LAX Shooter Who Killed TSA Officer, Wounded 3 Others Expected to Plead Guilty

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill a TSA officer and wound three others at Los Angeles International Airport is expected to plead guilty Tuesday.

Paul Ciancia plans to plead guilty to 11 felony counts stemming from the November 2013 attacks in Terminal 3 at LAX, CBSLA.com reports. 

The pleas are part of a deal with prosecutors that will keep Ciancia from facing the death penalty. Instead, he is expected to be sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Federal authorities said Ciancia shot TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez 12 times at a passenger ID checkpoint. Three other TSA officers were injured.

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DEA: Flight Attendant Fled After Trying to Smuggle Nearly 70 Pounds of Cocaine

Cocaine-jpgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is on the hunt for an airline employee accused of trying to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of what appears to be cocaine onto a plane.

The flight attendant was pulled aside for a random screening last week at Los Angeles International Airport, KRCA reports. 

The female fight attendant fled, leaving behind luggage filled with cocaine, according to the union for LAX police officers.

The union said the case underscores why everyone should be screened before entering an airport.

“LAX is the top West Coast terrorist target and has been the site of airport employees smuggling drugs aboard aircrafts and other criminal activities,” the statement said. “100 percent screening has the potential to stop an ‘insider’ or ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attack and to help decrease the opportunities for airport employees to commit crimes.”

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Family of Slain TSA Officer at Los Angeles International Airport Sues for $25M

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of a TSA officer who was shot 12 times and killed at Los Angeles International Airport last year is suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The lawsuit alleges security lapses and delays in medical care.

A gunman shot Gerardo Ismael Hernandez at point-bank range on Nov. 1.

Los Angeles employees “failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot,” said Michael Alder, the attorney for the officer’s family. “Even more horrific is that the city’s employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez.”

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and names as defendants city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles police and fire departments, Los Angles Airport Police Department and the Los Angeles World Airports.

The lawsuit claims that airport police officers abandoned their positions in a terminal without the required approval from supervisors. The suit further alleges that the agencies did not properly hire or train employees to handle emergencies and to provide prompt medical care.

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“Austin Powers” Star Verne Troyer Complains About TSA Treatment at LAX

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Austin Powers” star Verne Troyer posted a photo of TSA agents conducting what many fans considered to be an invasive search, the New York Daily News reports.

Troyer, who has a dwarfism disability and rides a scooter, posted the photo on Facebook entitled, “TSA Struggles.”

It shows a TSA agent conducting a patdown while Troyer is in his scooter at the Los Angeles International Airport’.

The TSA said nothing unusual happened during the search.

“The screening process for a passenger who uses a wheelchair or scooter is determined by their ability to stand and walk,” Ross Feinstein, press secretary for TSA said in a statement to the Daily News Monday.

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Report Cites Slow Response, Communications Breakdown During LAX Shooting Rampage

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paramedics and others took too long to respond to last year’s shooting rampage at the Los Angeles International Airport, according to an independent report.

The report indicates that paramedics took 33 minutes to get to Transportation Security Agency officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, who was killed in the shooting.

He died between two minutes and five minutes after he was shot, becoming the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty.

The report cites communications breakdowns and a lack of coordination.

The American Federation of Government Employees responded by saying the government needs to create a new unit of armed TSA officers to protect airport checkpoints.

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HBO “Girls” Star Lena Dunham Detained by TSA Over ‘Cute Little Cat’ Keychain

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham was detained by the TSA recently for possessing what she considered a “cute little cat” at Los Angeles International Airport, Today reports.

Dunham was carrying a “self-defense key chain.”

Lena Dunham

“It’s shaped like a cat — it goes over your knuckles,” she told Seth Meyers on “Late Night” on Thursday, “but I guess the two ears could gut somebody.”

TSA agents conducted a criminal background check and refused to let Dunham make calls while they investigated.

“I understood sort of intellectually it could be used as a weapon,” she added, “but really all I thought was like, What a cute little cat!”