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For Immediate Release
March 29, 2004
Media Contact:
Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

DUNDALK MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTING TO ILLEGALLY PURCHASE A HANDGUN

Attorney General J.Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today as part of Operation Crime Gun, a Dundalk man was convicted of attempting to illegally purchase a firearm . Operation Crime Gun is a state-wide prosecution initiative of the Office of the Attorney General which is funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. It is designed to target individuals who commit gun offenses, and to keep guns out of the hands of those who are prohibited from having them.

Recuerdo Harrison Quinto of Dundalk was found guilty of making a false Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm by the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney in the Circuit Court for Howard County. Judge Sweeney sentenced Mr. Quinto to one year incarceration with all but thirty days suspended and two years supervised probation. The defendant will serve the jail time on ten consecutive weekends beginning next weekend.

The facts of the case are that the defendant filed an application in a Glen Burnie sporting goods store to buy a Beretta .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. On the application the defendant answered that he had not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor which carried a penalty of two years in prison or more. Upon investigation Maryland State Police Tfc. Timothy M. Mullin of the Firearms Enforcement Section found that the defendant had, in fact, previously been convicted in Baltimore County of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, which is a felony. Conviction of such an offense disqualifies a person from owning or possessing a handgun under Maryland law.

The case was prosecuted by the Firearms Trafficking Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

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