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


July 13, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY POSSESSING 8 GUNS IN BALTIMORE CITY
Also Charged with Submitting a False Application to Purchase a Handgun in Howard County

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a total of 10 firearm-related charges were filed against an individual as part of Operation Crime Gun, his illegal gun prosecution initiative.

William Crockett Bond, 37, of 4214 Greenway, Baltimore, was charged by way of two Criminal Informations in Baltimore City Circuit Court with 8 separate counts of illegal possession of a regulated firearm. Each of these offenses carries five years incarceration and/or a $5,000 fine. Moreover, Bond was charged by way of a Criminal Information in Howard County Circuit Court with Perjury and False Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm as a result of his submission of an application to purchase a handgun submitted on May 8, 2001. Perjury carries up to 10 years of incarceration, and the offense of False Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm carries a penalty of three years and/or a $5,000 fine.

Bond is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was prosecuted as part of Operation Crime Gun, and was investigated by the Maryland State Police Cease Fire 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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