Glen­side man sent to prison on weapons charges

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> A Glen­side man faces up to more than a decade in prison af­ter he was found in il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Abing­ton.

Daniel Still­well, 24, of the 2300 block of Pleas­ant Av­enue, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 6½ -to-13-years in a state cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity af­ter a jury con­victed him of charges of firearms not to be car­ried with­out a li­cense, per­sons not to pos­sess a firearm and pos­ses­sion of a small amount of mar­i­juana in con­nec­tion with a March 2017 in­ci­dent.

Judge Wendy G. Roth­stein also or­dered Still­well to com­plete five years’ pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing pa­role, mean­ing Still­well will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for 18 years.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan at 10:48 a.m. March 31, 2017, when Abing­ton po­lice on rou­tine pa­trol ob­served a Nis­san sedan, op­er­ated by Still­well, trav­el­ing south­bound on John­ston Av­enue to­ward Susque­hanna Road dur­ing hours when traf­fic was only per­mit­ted to travel north. Based on the in­frac­tion, po­lice con­ducted a traf­fic stop.

“While speak­ing with Still­well through an opened driver’s side win­dow, I smelled an odor of burnt mar­i­juana com­ing from in­side of the ve­hi­cle,” Abing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Daniel B. Prior al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

The ve­hi­cle was towed to the Abing­ton Town­ship Pub­lic Train­ing Cen­ter and of­fi­cers ob­tained a war­rant to search the ve­hi­cle.

Dur­ing the search, po­lice found a Spring­field Ar­mory XDS .45-cal­iber semi­au­to­matic hand­gun un­der the driver’s seat and a clear bag con­tain­ing mar­i­juana in the glove com­part­ment, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Po­lice al­leged the gun was loaded.

“Still­well is a con­victed felon and not to pos­sess a firearm,” Prior al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Po­lice said they also re­cov­ered a “but­ter­fly” knife in the cen­ter con­sole of the ve­hi­cle and a kitchen knife on the floor of the rear pas­sen­ger’s side seat.

“Still­well is a con­victed felon and not to pos­sess a firearm,” — Abing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Daniel B. Prior

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