Gun dealer gets fine, probation for sale at show

November 16, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A Virginia gun dealer pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to illegally selling a handgun to an undercover state trooper during a gun show at the Pikesville armory last May.

Keith Alfred Cumberland, 50, a federal government employee from Manassas, received 18 months' probation and a $1,500 fine for selling the gun, a Beretta 7.65, without a Maryland license. He entered an Alford plea to the misdemeanor charge, meaning that he can continue to maintain that he is innocent while conceding that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to convict him.

Mr. Cumberland, who has a federal firearms dealer's license, could sell his guns in Virginia but not in Maryland, said Assistant State's Attorney Steven I. Kroll.

But on May 29 Mr. Cumberland sold the Beretta to 1st Sgt. Bernard H. Shaw for $450 in marked bills, without filing a notice of sale or observing the state's seven-day waiting period, said Mr. Kroll.

The prosecutor dropped several charges: transporting two loaded weapons, failing to observe the waiting period and failing to file the required paperwork.

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