Anti-Drug Crusader Pleads Guilty To Harassing Mobster
NEW YORK (AP) _ An anti-drug crusader has pleaded guilty to harassing John Gotti but says he’s not sorry for planting a fake bomb outside a Little Italy social club frequented by the reputed Mafia boss.
Michael L. McCray, 37, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated harassment. The plea bargain stemmed from the non-explosive package at the front door of the Ravenite Social Club on March 20.
He was originally charged with weapons possession.
Criminal Court Judge Alfred Donati agreed to give McCray, a photographer, three years’ probation. He set May 31 as the sentencing date, released McCray on his own recognizance and ordered him to stay away from Gotti.
After he was arrested March 29 in Tennessee, McCray said he was trying to send a message to Gotti, the reputed head of the Gambino organized crime family, and to others McCray said are responsible for drug trafficking.
He told the judge Wednesday, ″I had no intention to cause anyone else harassment.″
Outside the courtroom, McCray told reporters he had meant anyone except Gotti.
McCray also said he wasn’t sorry.
″I still believe there’s a war on drugs,″ he said. Asked if he was afraid of antagonizing alleged mobsters, he said, ″That’s the price you pay.″