Hagerstown man gets 15 years on gun charge

January 13, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A 39-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced in federal court in Baltimore yesterday to 15 years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a rifle.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett increased the sentence for Charles A. Spigler after finding that Spigler was an armed career criminal based on his three prior felony convictions.

According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea in October, Spigler asked another man in June to pawn a rifle for him. The man took a Marlin .22-caliber rifle to a pawnshop in Hagerstown and received $40, court papers show. Later, the man and authorities said, Spigler returned to the pawnshop and attempted to redeem the rifle.

The other man, Mickey Mankins, 41, also of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. His sentencing is scheduled for March 15, when he could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years.

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