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Hagerstown man facing rape and burglary charges pleads guilty to illegal possession of firearms

Ryan Lee Kleckner pleaded guilty to possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying offense

January 02, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Hagerstown man with pending cases for rape and burglary was sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday in Washington County District Court to illegal possession of firearms.

Ryan Lee Kleckner, 30, who had lived on Rosewood Drive, pleaded guilty to possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying offense and was sentenced by District Judge Mark D. Thomas.

The disqualifying offense was a 2007 conviction for malicious destruction of property worth more than $500, Deputy State’s Attorney Steven Kessell told Thomas.

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms contacted Maryland State Police in April with information about Kleckner selling firearms to a local gun dealer, Kessell said, reading from the statement of facts.

In March and April, Kleckner sold a Chinese-made SKS 7.62-millimeter semiautomatic rifle, an M-1 carbine, another 7.62-millimeter semiautomatic rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a Colt .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun to the gun dealer, Kessell said.

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Earlier this year, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office charged Kleckner with first- and second-degree rape and other offenses for a sexual assault of a preteen girl on Aug. 23.

The girl told investigators that Kleckner raped her in the basement of his house, the charging document said. She told investigators that Kleckner choked her during the assault and later threatened to kill the girl and her mother if she told anyone what happened.

Kleckner is also accused of sexually assaulting the girl outside a school on Aug. 22, the charging document said.

In another case, Kleckner was charged Aug. 1 by Hagerstown police with breaking into his former apartment on Fairchild Avenue and damaging a sink, stove and mirrors. He was arrested by police as he left the apartment.

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