Man given 3 months on handgun conviction

He lied on application, owned weapons illegally


A 44-year-old Howard County man was given a three-month jail term yesterday for lying on an application for a .45-caliber handgun and illegally possessing handguns.

Howard County Circuit Judge James B. Dudley sentenced Frank P. Diangelo of the 16400 block of Old Frederick Road in Mount Airy to three years in prison with all but 90 days suspended and five years of probation after Diangelo pleaded guilty to false application to purchase a regulated firearm and illegal possession of regulated firearms.

Dudley ordered Diangelo to forfeit 11 handguns seized by the Maryland State Police, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.

Diangelo applied for the gun at the Gun Shack in Carroll County on April 21, 2000, and wrote on his application that he did not have a criminal past that would bar him from owning the handgun, according to the news release. State police later learned that Diangelo had been convicted of second-degree assault and intimidation of a witness in 1997 and of disorderly conduct and carrying a deadly weapon on school property three years earlier, the attorney general's office said.

Investigators also learned that Diangelo owned a number of guns that he was not allowed to have, according to the release.

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