SHERIFF JENKINS WAS ORDERED TO SURRENDER HIS SERVICE WEAPON AS A CONDITION OF PRE-TRIAL RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD. – Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins was arraigned in Federal Court in Baltimore on a federal indictment alleging that he and a Frederick County gun dealer, Robert Krop, conspired to violate the law regarding the acquisition of machine guns. Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins announced that he attended his arraignment at the Edward A. Garmatz United States District Courthouse in Baltimore and plead not guilty to all counts in the DOJ/ATF indictment. The condition of the pre-trial release, below, spelled out that Sheriff Jenkins could not possess any firearms or explosive devices. The arraignment was before Federal Magistrate Judge Beth Gesner.
LEO WISE TO LEAD PROSECUTION
ENTRY OF APPEARANCE
Please enter the appearance of Leo Wise, Assistant United States Attorney for the District
of Maryland on behalf of the United States in the above-referenced matter.
Erek L. Barron
United States Attorney
Leo J. Wise
Assistant United States Attorney
“Out of respect for the men and women of this agency and not to interfere with the effective operations, I am going to take a leave of absence, effective end of business, Friday, April 14, through the end of this judicial process,” said Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “I have full confidence in the system, and I know that my innocence will prevail at the end of all of this and that I will be found not guilty.”
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy, Colonel David Benjamin, a 37-year veteran of the agency, assumes delegation of authority from Jenkins. Benjamin became the chief deputy in 2006 and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Frederick Sheriff’s Department law enforcement and corrections bureaus.
The United States Attorney, Erek Barron, who brought the indictment, is a longtime creature of Democratic Party partisan politics and contributor to dozens of political movements, including his own election as a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly from one of the most corrupt counties in Maryland, Prince Georges. Barron was elected twice before being selected by President Joe Biden to be the top federal prosecutor in the District of Maryland.
The case has been assigned to Federal Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher
|18:371 CONSPIRACY TO INTERFERE WITH GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS AND TO VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW REGULATING MACHINEGUNS|
|18:922(a)(6) FALSE STATEMENTS DURING PURCHASE OF FIREARMS; 18:2 AIDING AND ABETTING|
|18:924(a)(1)(A) FALSE STATEMENTS IN RECORDS MAINTAINED BY FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEE; 18:2 AIDING AND ABETTING|
|18:1001 FALSE STATEMENTS TO BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES; 18:2 AIDING AND ABETTING|
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