July 8, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO ILLEGALLY
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that the Firearms
Trafficking Unit has charged two men in Howard County Circuit Court
for attempting to purchase handguns after having been previously
been convicted of criminal offenses that prohibit them from being
able to lawfully possess handguns.
Omar Sherwood, 22, 14504 Dunsinane Terrace, Silver Spring, was charged
with False Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm (three counts),
Perjury (three counts), and Attempting to Illegally Possess a Regulated
Firearm (three counts). The criminal information alleges that on
January 30, 2003, Sherwood falsely claimed in an application to
purchase a handgun that he had never been convicted of a felony
crime of violence, when in fact he had been previously found guilty
of Third Degree Sexual Offense. Sherwood is also charged with falsely
claiming in his application that he had not been previously convicted
of a misdemeanor that carries a statutory penalty of more than two
years, when he had in fact been convicted of Failure to Register
as a Child Sex Offender.
Harrison Quinto, 41, 12011 Tarragon Road, Apt. E, Reisterstown,
was charged with False Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm,
Perjury, and Attempting to Illegally Possess a Regulated Firearm.
The criminal information alleges that on March 6, 2003, Quinto falsely
claimed in an application to purchase a handgun that he had never
been convicted of a felony, when in fact he had been previously
found guilty of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
and Quinto 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, and the maximum penalty for attempting to illegally
possess a regulated firearm is five years incarceration and a $10,000
cases were investigated by the Firearms Enforcement Section of the
Maryland State Police and will be prosecuted by the Office of the
Attorney General, Firearms Trafficking Unit, Criminal Investigations
Division. Funding for the Firearms Trafficking Unit comes from grants
received from the Governors Office of Crime Control and Prevention,
and the Maryland State Police Cease Fire Council.