An Elizabethtown man was convicted in Lancaster County Court of illegal possession of a firearm, which police found stashed in a shoebox.
The local jury convicted 31-year-old Frank Bailey III on Sept. 28 of a felony count following a two-day trial before County Judge Jeffery Wright.
The jury deliberated about an hour and 15 minutes before deciding that Bailey had the gun in a bedroom of a Fruitville Pike apartment in Manheim Township.
Judge Wright will order sentence after a background check is completed in about two months.
Bailey was prohibited from having a firearm due to a 2014 felony conviction of delivery of crack cocaine.
Assistant District Attorney Julie Slabinski, who won the conviction, presented testimony from police who responded to the apartment Nov. 30, 2015, after receiving information that Bailey, wanted on an unrelated warrant, was there.
The gun, a loaded Nagant revolver, was wrapped in a towel inside a shoebox. A female occupant of the apartment told police it wasn’t her box or gun, and that no one else had been in the apartment, aside from Bailey, who police found hiding in the bedroom.
Manheim Township police Officer Michael Naff filed charges.
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