From The NY Post, ‘Linen King’ could get three years for illegal gun:

Prosecutors today said they will recommend no less than a three-year sentence for Bardwil — owner of Bardwil Home, the country’s biggest table-linen company — for possessing an illegal gun in his E. 51st Street apartment in January.

Bardwil is fighting the gun possession charge. The gun, a loaded, .40 cal Sig Sauer, was legally registered to Bardwil’s bodyguard, who had left it in a secure box in the apartment, argues defense lawyer Michael Bachner.

Security footage from inside the posh, Turtle Bay pad shows Bardwil pointing the gun at an attempted burglar, the lawyer told The Post. Bardwil was arrested for the gun after he called 911 to report the burglary, and showed them the surveillance footage of himself pointing the gun at the retreating thief, who was later arrested himself.

“There’s no dispute that George was bing burglarized,” the lawyer said after Bardwil pleaded not guilty to felony gun possession this morning in Manhattan Supreme Court. “George had been the victim of multiple burglaries, and the DA’s office concedes that it was used in self defense.”

Bardwil, 60, is still facing assault charges for allegedly pummeling his beautiful ex-wife, Emiko, 26, during an argument at the apartment in May. He remains free on $250,000 bail. The ex needed multiple staples to close a gash from her head hitting the sidewalk outside the apartment; Bardwil is claiming she just fell.

He’s not the most sympathetic character, as he’s out on bail for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife, but there’s no doubt that in this instance he was acting in self-defense.

Why would Bardwil do such a thing?  Maybe he has a negative history with burglars:

Eccentric multimillionaire George Bardwil was held up in a terrifying — and cunningly calculated — home invasion pulled off by a gun-toting thug and his menacing sidekick at Bardwil’s posh Turtle Bay pad Monday afternoon, cops said yesterday.

“I was with a couple friends. There was a buzz at the door. I assumed it was somebody I knew,” Bardwil told The Post in a blow-by-blow account of the 2:45 p.m. robbery at his first-floor apartment on East 51st Street near Second Avenue, where the creeps swiped $300,000 worth of designer watches, diamond jewelry and cash.

Three men were arrested in that prior robbery.

 
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