December 17, 2003
COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTING TO ILLEGALLY PURCHASE A HANDGUN
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Recuerdo Harrison
Quinto, 41, of 12011 Tarragon Road, Reisterstown, was found guilty
of false application to purchase a regulated firearm, attempted
illegal possession of a regulated firearm, and perjury by the Honorable
Dennis M. Sweeney in the Circuit Court for Howard County. Judge
Sweeney ordered that a pre-sentence investigation of Quinto be completed
prior to his sentencing on March 26, 2004.
trial, the State demonstrated that on March 6, 2003, Quinto attempted
to buy a handgun at Bart's Sports World, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Md.
On the State application form that is required to buy a regulated
firearm, Quinto denied that he had ever been convicted of a felony
or a misdemeanor crime that carried a potential period of incarceration
of greater than 2 years. He certified under the penalty of perjury
that his answers were true.
Maryland State Police, in conducting a criminal background check
of Quinto, discovered that Quinto had two prior convictions that
prevented him from being able to lawfully purchase or possess handguns.
On November 27, 1991, Quinto was found guilty in the District Court
for Baltimore County of CDS Possession - Not Marijuana. On March
23, 1998, Quinto was convicted of the felony crime of CDS-Unlawful
Mfrg, Dist, Etc. in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
This case was investigated by the Firearms Enforcement Section of
the Maryland State Police and was 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.