A 19-year-old will serve 10 days in jail for an offense of carrying a tampered and stolen handgun.
Shawn Goslin, of Washington Court House, accepted a sentence in court Monday after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property, both felonious charges of the fourth degree. Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Beathard ordered the sentence and said Goslin will be supervised for two years by the Fayette County Adult Probation Department.
A Washington Police Department officer located a 40-caliber in Goslin’s waistband when he was patted down during a traffic stop May 1 near Short and Broadway streets in Washington C.H. The serial number of the handgun was intentionally scratched off and officers determined that the handgun was stolen, reports said. Goslin said in court that he did know the handgun was stolen when he bought it.
Goslin’s public defense attorney, Kathryn Hapner, said it is a presumptive community control case. Fayette County Prosecutor Jess Weade said Goslin has no prior criminal record and the state recommended community control, although probation is not mandatory.
Judge Beathard asked Goslin a multitude of questions during his hearings about the incident. At his October hearing, Beathard asked Goslin, “When officers approached the vehicle, did you have your hands up in the air and tell them that you had a loaded handgun on your person?”
Goslin said no but that he wasn’t going to hide the weapon.
“I think it’s an egregious form of the offense,” said Beathard during Goslin’s Oct. 9 guilty plea hearing. “What made you think you could ride around town with a loaded handgun in your pants? This is pretty serious for a 19-year-old who has no CCW license and has a gun. It’s not that you had a gun, it’s that you had it in your waistband and was outside of the vehicle.”
Goslin faced a maximum prison sentence of three years, according to Beathard, but the judge agreed to honor the recommended sentence.
Following a review of the pre-sentence interview and investigation, Beathard’s ultimate sentence includes two years of community control, 10 days in the Fayette County Jail (to be arranged by the Adult Probation Department), and community service for a minimum of 40 hours.
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