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


August 6, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

TWO MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO SUBMITTING FALSE APPLICATIONS TO PURCHASE HANDGUNS

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that two men plead guilty to submitting false applications to purchase regulated firearms with the Maryland State Police.

Stephen Shawn Metz, 34, of 5106 Lackawanna Street, College Park, plead guilty to having claimed 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, plead guilty to having claimed 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 the District Court for Anne Arundel County and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun.

Both individuals appeared before the Honorable Raymond J. Kane, Jr., sitting on the Circuit Court for Howard County. Each received Probation Before Judgment, and both were placed on 18 months of supervised probation. Moreover, each individual is prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition for the entire duration of the probation.

This case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit of the Maryland State Police and was 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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