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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Baltimore Man Sentenced to One Year and a Day in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Guns and Silencer

 

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Joseph Goldman, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland today to one year and a day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possessing unregistered firearms and for making a firearm.

 

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 (ATF) - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

 

According to his plea agreement, on December 19, 2016, while executing a search warrant at Goldman’s home as part of an investigation by Baltimore Police Department, law enforcement discovered a cache of suspected illegal firearms and contacted ATF for assistance.

 

The following firearms were recovered from Goldman’s residence and seized by law enforcement: from behind the couch in the first floor living room, a 556 short barrel AR-15 long gun with a silver 6.5 inch silencer attached; from Goldman’s bedroom, a 12 gauge short barrel shotgun and two semi-automatic pistols; and 20 rounds of ammunition, a machine vice, miscellaneous gun parts and tools.

 

Goldman admitted to making and possessing firearms in violation of the National Firearms Act (“NFA”). Specifically, Goldman sawed off the barrel of the shotgun, made a short barreled rifle without a serial number, and made a silencer for the rifle. Despite knowing the length of the firearms and the purpose of the silencer, Goldman did not register these items with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

 

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended ATF, FBI, Baltimore Police Department, and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.

 

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Updated May 9, 2017