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December 31, 2013

Broken gun leads to dismissal of case

SALEM — Prosecutors have dropped a weapons charge against a Salem man whose grandmother found an illegal, sawed-off shotgun hidden in a closet in September.

That’s because the gun found in Brock Fleming’s closet, wrapped in a dog blanket, was found by a ballistics expert to be broken. And under the law in Massachusetts, that means it was not illegal to possess.

Fleming, 19, of 33 Walter St., was charged on Sept. 3 with possessing the gun illegally after he was released from the hospital following a drug overdose, police said at the time.

Fleming’s grandmother found the weapon while scouring the house in search of any other drugs she feared the young man had stashed away. She contacted police.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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