Cecil County Man Guilty of Violation of Gun Laws
BALTIMORE, MD (June 4, 2007) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that Curtis Dale Rhoades, 48, of Elkton, was sentenced
to one year imprisonment with all but 30 days suspended after pleading
guilty in the Circuit Court for Cecil County to the illegal possession
of a regulated firearm. Judge O. Robert Lidum also ordered Rhoades
to serve one year of probation, imposed a fine of $200 plus court
costs, and ordered the forfeiture of the seized handguns.
Maryland State Police troopers from the Organized Crime Unit
contacted the State Police Firearms Enforcement Unit concerning
the probable illegal possession
of handguns by Rhoades. Upon determining that Rhoades was prohibited from possessing
firearms because of prior criminal convictions, troopers from the Firearms
Enforcement Unit obtained a search and seizure warrant for Rhoades’ home.
Upon executing the warrant the troopers seized two handguns.
The case was prosecuted
by the Firearms Trafficking Unit of the Office of the Attorney
General. In making today’s announcement,
Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Clarence
Goetz for his work on the case.