Handgun used in N.Y. killing tied to 2 Md. men

October 29, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A large-caliber handgun used to kill a man in New York state this year has been traced to two Hagerstown men, who have been charged in criminal summonses with violating Maryland firearms laws, state police said.

A New York man has been arrested and charged in the killing.

Tests and gun-tracing efforts by state police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revealed a 9 mm Ruger used in the July 24 killing of a Mount Vernon, N.Y., man was legally purchased by Kane Sylvester, 23, of Hagerstown in September 1998 at a gun shop, authorities said.

Further investigation revealed Sylvester transferred the gun in March to James Frisby, 26, also of Hagerstown, as collateral for a drug debt, police said. Police said Frisby was prohibited from legally purchasing a firearm, and the weapon was later sold to an unidentified New York man for $100.

On Wednesday, state police charged Sylvester with illegal sale of a firearm and Frisby with illegally possessing, selling and transferring a firearm. The charges are misdemeanors punishable by a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

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