Man pleads guilty to handgun charge, after jailhouse call gives him away

Convicted felon was barred from having weapon

July 18, 2011|By The Baltimore Sun

Jermaine Davis was careful to wear gloves while handling his .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, according to city prosecutors. He is a felon — convicted twice of felony drug charges — and it's illegal for him to have a gun.

But the precautions that prosecutors say Davis took didn't matter after he got arrested on Baltimore's North Curley Street in January. The city State's Attorney's Office said they caught Davis on a recorded jailhouse telephone bragging to his girlfriend how he could beat the gun charge.

Shortly after prosecutors disclosed the recording to a judge, 29-year-old Davis pleaded guilty to possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Circuit Judge Steward R. Berger sentenced him to five years in prison.

Police say Davis, who has various addresses in West and Northwest Baltimore, was arrested Jan. 3 by officers who smelled marijuana. The officers then saw Davis put his right hand into his left inside jacket pocket, "revealing the butt of a handgun," prosecutors said in the statement.

Davis initially pleaded not guilty to the gun charge.

"But during his pre-trial confinement," the State's Attorney's Office said, "Davis betrayed himself by explaining to his girlfriend, during recorded jailhouse phone calls, that he knew his fingerprints were not on the handgun because he had been careful to wear gloves while handling it."

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