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No bond in gun possession case

Three accused of having firearm illegally, eluding law enforcement officer

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A judge denied bond to three men accused of illegally possessing guns and leading authorities on a chase before evading capture in 2010.

Sidney Desamour, 29, and Stanley Louissant, 28, both of 214 Page St., Berryville, and Kennard Quimbley, 27, of Belle Glade, Fla., appeared with their attorneys in Frederick County Circuit Court on Monday.

Each defendant is charged in the court with possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony. Desamour also is charged with felony eluding a law enforcement officer. Authorities allege the offenses took place Oct. 27, 2010. The guns were identified as a Taurus .40-caliber pistol and a Springfield Armory XD40 handgun, according to indictments.

Desamour is represented by public defender Timothy S. Coyne. Timothy Mayfield represents Quimbley and Christopher Collins is Louissant's attorney. Each attorney asked retired Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. to grant their client release on bond.
Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn Williamson objected to their requests.

R.D. Ellinger, an investigator with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, testified that on the date of the alleged offenses authorities responded to a call for shots fired near a residence. Officers pursued the vehicle, but called off the chase when it entered the city and eventually crashed. The men abandoned the vehicle and were never caught.

A search of the vehicle produced no guns, but investigators did find weapons along the path of the pursuit, Ellinger said. The investigator testified an examination of the weapons is complete but testing of the DNA is pending.

Ellinger testified the investigation involved video surveillance footage that showed Desamour in the driver's seat of the suspect vehicle. However, later in his testimony he told the defense there was no indication whether Desamour drove the vehicle during the pursuit.

Months passed, and Ellinger sought indictments against the three men in June 2011. The indictments were sealed pending their arrest.

Further investigation revealed all three defendants were in Florida and each is currently charged as a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a letter dated Wednesday from Michael J. Rachel, assistant state attorney for Palm Beach County. The letter states the court set bond for each defendant at $5,000. They face trial on the charges Feb. 16, according to the letter.

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