A St. Mary's County man has been charged in Carroll with multiple counts of illegal possession of guns for allegedly having eight rifles and shotguns despite a felony conviction on his record.
Ronald Lee Hutchens Jr., 43, is charged with eight counts each of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction and illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun, as well as one count of theft, according to electronic court files.
Hutchens is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $15,000 bond and on an out-of-state detainer for an alleged assault in Virginia.
A trooper from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack met March 1 with two Sykesville residents who said they had recently purchased guns from Hutchens but were concerned they were stolen, according to charging documents.
The guns had belonged to Hutchens' father-in-law, who died, and one of the individuals said she overheard conversations between Hutchens and his wife that led her to believe Hutchens was not permitted to make the sale, according to the documents.
The guns were not reported stolen, but through investigation the trooper learned Hutchens had a 2002 felony conviction for breaking into a car in North Carolina, disqualifying him from possessing guns, according to the documents.
The individuals who purchased the guns from Hutchens identified him from a driver's license photo, according to the documents.
Hutchens' wife was contacted and confirmed he did not have permission to sell the guns, according to the documents.