Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year-old boy who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, holds a picture of himself with his son Jesse and wipes his eye while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sandy Hook parent missed mandatory court date to lobby for gun control in DC

Neil Heslin, the father of one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face five separate criminal charges, including larceny, The Associated Press reports.

Heslin has been one of the most outspoken advocates for gun control in wake of the shooting.

Heslin missed a mandatory court date in Connecticut on April 15 because he was with other Sandy Hook parents meeting with senators in Washington, D.C. to advocate for universal background check legislation. He faces three charges of writing bad checks and two for writing checks from closed accounts.

He has plead not guilty to all charges.

When asked by the Danbury News-Times if he thought these charges could taint his gun-control crusade, he said, “I never gave it much thought. I guess you can look at it either way. If there’s something to talk about, people are going to talk about it, good or bad, no matter what.”

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