August 18, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GEORGE’S COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH
ATTEMPTING TO ILLEGALLY PURCHASE A HANDGUN
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that the Firearms Trafficking
Unit has filed charges in the Circuit Court
for Howard County against a Prince George’s County man in
connection with his filing of an application to purchase a handgun
with the Maryland State Police.
Teaco Patrick Chase, 37, of the 5600 Block of Regency Park Court
in Suitland, was charged with two counts of False Application to
Purchase a Regulated Firearm, two counts of Perjury, and two counts
of Attempting to Illegally Possess a Regulated Firearm. The criminal
information alleges that on January 23, 2003, Chase 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 Second Degree Rape.
Chase is 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 fine.
This case was
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 Governor’s Office of Crime Control
and Prevention, and the Maryland State Police Cease Fire Council.