AG Gansler: Cecil County Man Sentenced to 10 Years on Gun Charge
Elkton resident seen carrying handgun in violation of criminal record
Baltimore, MD ( July 31, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Edward Lee Long, 32, of Elkton, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a crime of violence. Cecil County Circuit Court Judge Keith Baynes sentenced Long to 15 years incarceration with all but 10 years suspended, plus 5 years of supervised probation upon his release.
"Law-abiding Marylanders are safer today because violent felons are banned from possessing regulated firearms" said Attorney General Gansler. "I want to commend the Elkton Police Department whose officers responded quickly and professionally, securing a loaded handgun and subduing an intoxicated suspect without further incident."
An investigation revealed that on January 18, 2013, an Elkton resident called 911 and reported seeing a man carrying a gun as he walked along Buttonwoods Road. Elkton Police later identified the suspect as Edward Lee Long, who according to witnesses, appeared to be intoxicated and was seen stumbling along the roadway. Police came to the scene where another resident directed the officers towards a house the suspect was seen entering. The officers immediately recognized the house as the one where Long resides, knowing him to be a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm.
Upon entering the house, officers seized a 10mm semiautomatic pistol from a holster on Long's waist and placed him under arrest. The gun magazine was loaded with seven 10mm rounds. Police officers on the scene also described Long as appearing to be under the influence of some substance.
Further investigation confirmed that Long had been convicted of First Degree Assault with a Weapon, and Committing a Felony with a Handgun in 2000 in Delaware. These convictions prohibit him from possessing a handgun in Maryland under Public Safety Article Section 5-133(c)(i) and (iii).
In announcing the guilty plea, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorneys General Jason Abbott and Franklyn Musgrave of the OAG Gang Prosecution Unit for their work on the case, as well as members of the Elkton Police Department and the Cecil County State's Attorney's Office.