Germantown Teen Who Brought “Ghost Gun” to Clarksburg High School to Expected to Plead Guilty
The 18-year-old Germantown teen who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to Clarksburg High School in February is expected to plead guilty as part of plea agreement, which will be finalized later this month.
Alwin Chen was arrested on February 15 at Clarksburg High School with a loaded Glock-like handgun. The incident came one day after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Chen, who has been held without bond, since his arrest, entered the plea agreement on April 5, according to court documents. The Washington Post, first reported the plea agreement, saying that in exchange for the guilty plea the two other charges against Chen would be dropped.
Ramon Korionoff, with the State’s Attorney’s Office, confirmed the plea agreement but pointed out that it will not be official until a judge approves the deal. The matter is scheduled to be before Circuit Court Judge John Maloney on Tuesday, April 24.
The guilty plea means that Chen can be sentenced to between 90 days and three years in prison.
According to court documents, the weapon Chen brought to school was similar to a Glock 19 semiautomatic, but it was not a branded Glock 19 handgun. It was what is known in the firearms world as a “Lower 80” or a “Ghost Guns,” which can be purchased as parts online and then assembled later at home. As a result, the guns do not have serial numbers and are not traceable.
The brand which was visible on in the photo released MCPD was a P80, which is Polymer80, a kit which can be ordered over the Internet. The kit comes with the bottom portion of the gun and a jig to help complete the weapon. A barrel, and slide and trigger mechanisms are be acquired separately.