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Westminster man convicted of possession of gun with felony conviction

Anthony Ronald Cook
Anthony Ronald Cook (HANDOUT)

A Westminster man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for illegal possession of a gun and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Anthony Ronald Cook, 25, of the 300 block of Janice Way, received a five-year sentence without parole for the weapons charge and a consecutive eight-year sentence for the drug charge.

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Cook pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to possession with the intent to distribute in November, according to court records.

Last May, Cook was a passenger in a car stopped by police and threw a bag containing individually wrapped bags of cocaine out the window. Cook was released on bail pending his trial.

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In September, Westminster police received an anonymous call that a man carrying a gun was walking on Green Street, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Deputy State's Attorney Edward Coyne.

An officer stopped Cook based on a description that the caller gave and patted him down for a weapon, Coyne said. A second officer assisting noticed a handgun tucked into the waistband of Cook's pants.

Based on a 2010 conviction for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, Cook is a felon prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm, Coyne said.

"There's no reason for a convicted drug dealer to have a gun in Westminster," Coyne said.

Public defender Diane Lach said Cook has physical health issues and while being held at the Carroll County Detention Center other issues have come to light, including alcohol abuse.

Judge Michael M. Galloway agreed to consider modifying Cook's sentence to allow him to seek drug treatment after he serves the five-year sentence.

Cook said he plans to seek treatment while incarcerated and wants to get a job and make an honest living.

Galloway said he supported Cook's statements.

"The good news is you're young enough to turn things around," Galloway said.

Cook received credit for the 152 days he has been incarcerated since his second arrest.

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