Gun-count plea brings jail


July 25, 2008

A 33-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a handgun, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Cortez Fisher also will have to serve three years of supervised probation when he is released, prosecutors said in a statement. The prosecutors said he had been convicted in federal court of unlawful gun possession in 2005, meaning the gun police found in his home earlier this year was illegal.

Authorities said agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration watched Fisher leave his house and participate "in what appeared to be drug-related activities." Prosecutors said Fisher, seeing the agents, tried to drive away but struck the agents' car.

The prosecutors said agents later searched Fisher's house and found more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, baggies, scales and a loaded handgun.

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