3 Convicted in WTC Parachute Jump

NEW YORK (AP) -

Three men who used parachutes to jump from the top of One World Trade Center in 2013 were convicted Monday of reckless endangerment and two other misdemeanor charges, but cleared of the most serious felony burglary charge.

The jury in state Supreme Court in Manhattan reached the verdicts against 33-year-old James Brady, 34-year-old Andrew Rossig, and 28-year-old Marko Markovich after a few days of deliberations.

The three men jumped from the nation’s tallest building, which was still under construction, in the early morning hours of Sept. 30, 2013. They were arrested six months later. The jumps caused embarrassment to authorities over security at the site, as did the case of a teen who also gained unauthorized access just days before the three men were arrested.

Defense attorneys had focused on fighting the felony burglary charge, arguing that the jumpers’ activities didn’t fit the legal definition of being in a building illegally with the intention of committing another crime.

“We always felt that the felony did not apply, and the jury agreed,” said Markovich’s lawyer, Joseph Corozzo.