3-year suspended sentence in gun possession plea deal

March 24, 2010

A 39-year-old Edgemere man who claimed to be a police officer while waving a gun outside a Southeast Baltimore bar last fall pleaded guilty to handgun possession in Baltimore District Court on Tuesday and received a suspended three-year sentence, the city state's attorney's office announced. Arthur Campbell of the 2500 block of N. Snyder Ave. told police that he was trying to break up a fight at the Angle Inn in O'Donnell Heights and showed a membership card for the Police Emerald Society, a fraternal organization for area police officers of Gaelic descent, charging documents show. Police searched his car and found three loaded, unregistered handguns and ammunition. Under the terms of the plea deal, District Judge Catherine O'Malley sentenced Campbell to a three-year suspended prison term. Campbell had to relinquish the weapons seized by police, and he will be placed on the city's gun offender registry.

- Justin Fenton

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