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Man gets 10 years for firearm possession in a school zone

GREENBELT, Md. – United States District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Michael Wayne Brown, age 40, of Landover, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for firearm possession and firearm possession in a school zone.

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement on July 14, 2016, members of the Prince George’s Police Department executed a search warrant at Brown’s home in Landover. The residence was located near two difference school zones – the William Paca Elementary School and the Pentecostal Evangelical Church. During the course of the search, law enforcement officers recovered five grams of marijuana $5,200 and a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

Brown knowingly possessed the handgun, which was manufactured outside of Maryland, and he was not licensed to deal, import, manufacture or collect firearms. He also knowingly possessed the firearm on the grounds or within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the ATF and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Sykes and Trial Attorney Sarah Edwards of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, who prosecuted the case.

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