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


April 18, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

OPERATION CRIME GUN LAUNCHES TWO PROSECUTIONS FOR FIREARM VIOLATIONS

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that charges were filed against two individuals as part of his illegal gun prosecution initiative, Operation Crime Gun. Criminal Informations were filed in Howard County Circuit Court against two individuals, in connection with the their filing of an application to purchase a handgun with the Maryland State Police. Both of these cases involve separate and unrelated attempts to purchase a handgun.

Stephen Shawn Metz, 34, of 5106 Lackawanna Street, College 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 September 12, 2000, that he was not the respondent in a protective order. In fact, a protective order was entered against him, with his consent, on January 4, 2000, in the Circuit Court, Prince Georges County and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun.

Joe McFadden Mann, 42, of 202 West Meadow Road, Brooklyn 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 January 20, 2001, that he was not the respondent in a protective order. In fact, a protective order was entered against him, with his consent, on January 31, 2000, in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun.

Both of these individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for a conviction for 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.

This case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit of the Maryland State Police and will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, Special Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, in connection with a partnership the two agencies have formed to further efforts to combat handgun violations. Funding for Operation Crime Gun comes from a grant received from the Governorís Office on Crime Control and Prevention.

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