Former Ocean City officer convicted of four misdemeanors

Former Ocean City officer convicted of four misdemeanors

(Nov. 22, 2013) The former Ocean City police officer and former candidate for Worcester County sheriff was found guilty Tuesday of four charges related to ammunition, but not guilty of the alleged unlawful sale of an AK-47 assault rifle in Salisbury.

David Catrino’s trial was held in Circuit Court in Salisbury on Oct. 22, but Judge Kathleen Beckstead delayed the verdict and sentence until Tuesday.  She gave Catrino a two-year suspended sentence on each of the four counts. She also fined him $2,500.

Each of the charges related to ammunition carried a maximum possible punishment of three years and/or a $5,000 fine.

Catrino, 45, may not possess a regulated firearm as a result of his conviction because state law does not permit such possession for a person convicted of a violation classified as a misdemeanor in the state that carries a statutory penalty of more than two years.

In June, investigators with the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Teams and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force received information about the possible illegal sale of an AK-47 assault rifle. Catrino was identified as the man trying to sell the firearm.

Police charged Catrino with the unlawful transfer of a regulated firearm and four counts related to the sale or offer for sale or transfer or receiving of a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 20 rounds of ammunition for a firearm.

Catrino was a member of the Ocean City Police Department from 1994 to 1997. He was a member of the Snow Hill Police Department when he ran for the office of Worcester County sheriff in 2010. His employment there ended shortly after the election.

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