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Baltimore Man Sentenced for Possessing a Stolen Handgun


Handgun Found by a Child in a Vending Machine Near an Emergency Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 5, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Eric Jamison, age 41, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 92 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possessing a stolen firearm that was found by a child in a vending machine near a hospital emergency room where Jamison was being treated for a gunshot wound, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“Eric Jamison should be a poster child for the dangers posed by criminals who carry guns. He shot himself in the leg, lied to police and stashed the gun in the tray of a hospital vending machine, where it was found by a child. Now he faces more than 7 ½ years in federal prison.”

According to the plea agreement presented to the court today, on January 17, 2006 Jamison was brought to the University Hospital Emergency Room by two friends for treatment of a gunshot wound to his inner thigh. Jamison initially advised Baltimore City police at the hospital that he had been shot by an unknown man while using drugs. After police examined Jamison’s clothing and found no gunshot holes, and after Jamison’s friends explained that Jamison had shot himself, Jamison admitted that he had been adjusting the gun in the car and had accidentally shot himself. During this time, University of Maryland Police learned that a child had discovered a gun in a vending machine near the emergency room. Police recovered a stolen .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun from the vending machine. Upon further questioning, Jamison admitted that the handgun was the same gun that he possessed when he shot himself, and that it had been stolen.

The federal district court originally suppressed Jamison’s confession to the police on the grounds that the police violated his Miranda rights. The issue hinged on whether Jamison was in custody while he was in the hospital being treated for his gunshot wound. The U.S. Attorney’s Office successfully appealed the decision to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which found in favor of the government and reversed the suppression order.

Jamison is currently serving a 10 year sentence for a violation of probation on a previous state conviction for assault and illegal possession of a pistol initiated by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Division of Parole and Probation and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Nancy Olin of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office Collateral Unit.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Felsen, and the University of Maryland Police for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Steve Levin and Special Assistant United States Attorney Lori Leonovicz, who are prosecuting the case.

 

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