Felon gets 15 years for gun possession


December 09, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A 34-year-old Baltimore man received a 15-year prison sentence in federal court yesterday for being a felon in possession of a Bersa .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg enhanced the sentence for Jermaine Powell after finding that Powell was an armed career criminal, based on his previous convictions for narcotics distribution and robbery.

After police discovered the weapon and ammunition in Powell's home, he said that the firearm belonged to him and that he had purchased the ammunition from a store in South Baltimore, according to court papers.

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