NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


January 24, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN CHARGES THREE WITH FILING FALSE APPLICATIONS TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that charges were filed in Howard County Circuit Court against three individuals accused of filing false applications to purchase a handgun with the Maryland State Police. All three cases involve separate and unrelated attempts to purchase a handgun.

Devin Jamaine Smith, 22511 Iverson Drive, Lexington Park, was charged in a two count criminal information with Perjury and False Information on an Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm by claiming on the application dated November 18, 2000, and which he signed under the penalties of perjury, that he was not the respondent in a protection order. In fact, a Protective Order was entered against him, with his consent, on September 22, 2000 in the St. Maryís County Circuit Court and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun. The same protective order was rescinded at the request of the petitioner, Melissa Smith, on December 5, 2000.

Kevin Blake Sanders, 1625 Thomas Avenue, Point of Rocks, was charged in a two count criminal information with Perjury and False Information on an Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm by claiming on the application dated November 7, 2000, and which he signed under the penalties of perjury, that he was not the respondent in a protection order. In fact, a Protective Order was entered against him, with his consent, on August 25, 2000, in the District Court for Frederick County, and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun.

Frank Peter Diangelo, 16404 Old Frederick Road, Mt. Airy, was charged in a six count criminal information with Perjury and False Information on an Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm by claiming on the application dated April 21, 2000, and which he signed under the penalties of perjury, that he has not been convicted of a crime of violence nor a misdemeanor that carries a possible sentence of more than two years. In fact, he was convicted in 1997 of second degree assault and intimidating a witness. In 1994 he was convicted of possessing a deadly weapon on school property. He is also charged with illegally possessing a regulated firearm.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for a conviction of filing a false application to purchase a firearm is three years incarceration and a $5,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a conviction of perjury is 10 years incarceration. The maximum penalty for a conviction of illegally possessing a regulated firearm is five years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit and Firearms Registration Section, Licensing Division, of the Maryland State Police and will be prosecuted by the Attorney Generalís Criminal Investigations Division, in connection with a partnership the two agencies have formed to further efforts to combat handgun violations.

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