Stern Fan Offered Plea Bargain
May 26, 2004

Howard Stern's name can't stay out out of the headlines...even if this time he didn't actually do anything.  A New Jersey man who ran onto the field at Shea Stadium during a New York Mets game attempting to get Stern's attention has been offered a plea bargain.  Prosecutors offered John McCarthy a deal that could land him behind bars for a month, along with a $2000 fine, half of which would go to a Mets charity. 

"I don't think that people should be made an example of like this," McCarthy said, according to Newsday. "If I would have held up a sign that said, 'Go Mets,' would I be here today? If it said, 'Queens courtrooms rule,' would I be here today? Probably not."

The court gave McCarthy until June 17 to decide his fate.  He ended up on the field on May 4 carrying a sign which read "Howard Stern - Here's Johnny," hoping to be noticed and asked onto Stern's radio show as a guest.  McCarthy was charged with criminal trespass and interfering with a professional sporting event.  If he doesn't take the plea bargain, McCarthy could face up to a year in jail and a $5000 fine.




 
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