For Immediate Release - July 10, 2012

Jason Whitehead Verdict

District Attorney Michael D. O'Keefe announced that on July 9, 2012, Jason P. Whitehead of South Yarmouth was found guilty after a trial in the Barnstable District Court of Carrying a Firearm Without a License and Carrying a Firearm on school grounds at Cape Cod Community College.

The charges stemmed from an incident at Cape Cod Community College when campus security noticed ammunition in a car and called 911. Barnstable Police Officer Kevin Donovan subsequently located a loaded Smith and Wesson 380 semi-automatic handgun and two additional magazines of ammunition in the backpack carried by the defendant. The firearm was secured and the defendant was placed under arrest. The defendant subsequently admitted he did not have a license to carry a firearm and gave varying explanations for having the gun on campus.

After the guilty verdict, the Honorable Judge W. James O'Neill imposed the sentence recommended by the Commonwealth. The defendant was sentenced to 2 ½ years in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, 18 months to serve, balance suspended for 5 years and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, to comply with the recommended treatment, and to stay away from Cape Cod Community College.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Higgins