NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
(Oct. 12, 2012) A 22-year-old man who had a handgun in Ocean City over Memorial Day weekend got an 18-month suspended jail sentence last week, but if he violates probation, he must serve the sentence.
“I expect you to learn from this experience,” Judge Richard Bloxom told Anthony Lamont Dashiel Jr. in Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Oct. 4.
Dashiel was with a group of men standing around a Cadillac in the parking lot of a condominium near 12th Street in the early morning hours of May 27. An undercover detective saw him open the car’s trunk, retrieve a handgun and put it in his waistband. Then he pulled his shirt over the gun to hide it from view.
The detective notified police communications about what he had seen and several uniformed police officers quickly arrived on the scene.
Dashiel had taken a seat in the car. Police made him exit the car, but he had removed the gun from his waistband. In a search, they found a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic on the car floor.
Dashiel had no concealed weapon permit, so the detective arrested him. Dashiell said he retrieved the gun from the car’s trunk because he and his friends were on their way to Salisbury and that when they had left there earlier, some people were giving them dirty looks. He also said he had been robbed in the past and he was not going to allow that to happen again.
In court last Thursday, Dashiel pleaded guilty to having a handgun on his person.
Marc Zayon, his defense attorney, said Dashiel had been raised in Wicomico County by his father, but now lives with his mother and stepfather in Randallstown. Zayon said Dashiel was well-educated, single and has no children. He graduated from James M. Bennett High School and attended culinary school for two years.
Zayon also said, “There was no imminent danger, but he had this generalized fear” of the area where he had been robbed.
Judge Bloxom said that would be a good reason to stay away.
Dashiel’s father and stepfather spoke on the young man’s behalf and then Bloxom told Dashiel he had “no reason to be carrying a gun.” He also told Dashiel, “I don’t know what to make of you.”
A big plus for the defendant, Bloxom said, was that he had no criminal record. He then sentenced Dashiel to 18 months in jail, with all suspended but one day. Dashiel will be on supervised probation for three years and must pay a $1,000 fine and $170 in court costs. He must also perform 40 hours of community service within six months.
“Probation is an opportunity for you to show the court you can conduct yourself as a law-abiding citizen,” Bloxom told Dashiel.