October 24, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
COUNTY MAN CONVICTED
OF ILLEGALLY POSSESSING MACHINE GUN AND
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that David Martin
Smith, 49, of 2142 Riding Crop Way, Baltimore County, was found
guilty by a jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Howard County
of two counts of Possession of a Machine Gun for Aggressive Purpose,
and one count of Illegal Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun.
Honorable Diane O. Leasure presided over the trial, and ordered
a pre-sentence investigation of Smith be completed prior to his
sentencing on January 10, 2003. While awaiting sentencing, Judge
Leasure granted the States request to place Morgan on pre-sentence
supervision. The potential maximum penalty faced by Smith for being
convicted of Possession of a Machine Gun for Aggressive Purpose
is 10 years incarceration, and the maximum penalty for possessing
a short-barreled shotgun is five years incarceration and a $5,000
to testimony introduced at trial, the Baltimore County Police Department
had arrested a man for attempted 2nd degree murder in late November.
During a debriefing of him, the man said a guy named "Dave"
was offering to sell fully automatic weapons for money or drugs.
He said "Dave" would take legal weapons and modify them
into machine guns. Baltimore County Police ultimately obtained a
search warrant for David Smith's apartment in Reisterstown, Baltimore
County. When no guns were found, they confronted Smith and he admitted
that the guns were in his parents house in Howard County. Upon arriving
at his parents Ellicott City home, and with the parents
consent, police entered the home and retrieved the weapons.
man posed a significant threat to countless people because of the
weapons he was dealing and the people to whom he was giving them,"
Attorney General Curran said. "I am proud of the joint effort
by area law enforcement and this Office and confident that lives
have been preserved by this action."
This case was investigated by the Baltimore Countys Firearms
Violence Team and was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General,
Firearms Trafficking Unit, Criminal Investigations Division. Funding
for Operation Crime Gun comes from a grants received from the Governors
Office on Crime Control and Prevention, and the Maryland State Police
Cease Fire Council.