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Bengals WR Henry to face gun charges in May

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 11, 2006) -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is scheduled to stand trial May 30 on charges of carrying a concealed firearm.

Henry was arrested in January after a police officer allegedly saw him pull a pistol on a group of revelers. Officers found a Luger on the back seat of a limousine and a loaded magazine in a gutter where Henry was standing, according to police reports.

He was also arrested on counts of improper exhibition of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm, but only charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Henry pleaded not guilty April 6. The trial is set to begin two weeks before Bengals minicamp starts June 15.

Henry avoided jail time on marijuana charges from a December 2005 arrest in Kentucky after pleading guilty last month and agreeing to enter a drug rehabilitation program. Prosecutors had considered letting him settle the charges by going into a diversion program, but changed their minds after his Orlando arrest.

Henry had 31 catches for 422 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season, when he developed into the Bengals' No. 3 receiver behind Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

The Bengals have declined comment while his case is pending. The NFL also could discipline Henry once his case is settled.

The Associated Press News Service

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