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


May 14, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

OPERATION CRIME GUN NETS GUILTY PLEA IN STRAW PURCHASE OF HANDGUN

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Angela Sonya Anderson, 2429 Wilgrey Court, Baltimore, pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court today to Conspiracy to Participate in a Straw Purchase and Illegal Transfer of a Regulated Firearm, in connection with her purchase of a 9 mm handgun for a co-defendant, Leonard Fields. Fields is prohibited from possessing a handgun due to his prior convictions for second degree assault in 1998 and transporting a handgun in a vehicle in 1996. Anderson agreed to apply for and buy a handgun when asked by Fields. Fields transported her to the store, Arundel Firearms and Pawn Shop, located in Glen Burnie, and he gave her the money to buy the gun. She then illegally transferred it to him. The loaded handgun was subsequently recovered by the Maryland State Police Ceasefire Unit, from a light fixture in Fields’ home. Fields’ case has been postponed to July 25.

Fields has been charged in Howard County with providing false information on an application to purchase a handgun and perjury in connection with an application to purchase a regulated firearm that he made just three weeks prior to the straw purchase. That application was disapproved by the Maryland State Police, Firearms Registration Unit. That case is scheduled for May 30.

In today’s hearing the Honorable Allen L. Schwait sentenced Anderson to two five-year concurrent suspended terms of incarceration, and placed her on three years supervised probation.

This case was prosecuted as part of Operation Crime Gun, and was investigated by the Maryland State Police Ceasefire Unit. Moreover, the Assistant Attorney General involved in the case is cross-designated as an Assistant State’s Attorney, with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s FIVE Unit. This partnership is designed to combat firearms violations that extend beyond the City’s limits into surrounding counties. Funding for Operation Crime Gun comes from a grant received from the Governor’’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention.

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