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Man gets prison time in 2005 firearms case

April 26, 2006

A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 188 months in prison Friday for a felon in possession of a firearm charge by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis at U.S. District Court in Baltimore, according to a written release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.

Antoine Jeffrey Pope, 39, pleaded guilty March 9 to the charge, which stemmed from an Aug. 31, 2005, incident, the release states.

Davis ordered Pope to serve five years of supervised release upon his release from prison, the release states. Davis ruled Pope was "an armed career criminal based on Pope's previous convictions, including felony drug distribution and assault," the release states.

On Aug. 31, Hagerstown Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence on Clarendon Street for a reported home invasion, but while traveling to the address, they saw a man driving a car who matched the description of the alleged intruder, the release states.

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When officers stopped the vehicle and ordered the man, later identified as Pope, and his passenger, later identified as John Hollis, to get out of the vehicle, Hollis allegedly fled and dropped a handgun, the release states.

An officer grabbed Pope's arm and asked if he had a gun, according to the release. Pope told the officer that he was "sitting on a gun," and a search revealed a loaded .38-caliber revolver between his legs, the release states.

Hollis, 24, of Hagerstown, also is charged with felon in possession of a firearm and is scheduled for trial in August, the release states. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, the release states.

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