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Friday, July 11, 2014

Baltimore Convicted Felon Exiled To Over 9 Years In Prison For Possession Of A Stolen Gun

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Leverne Alexander Patterson, age 62, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 115 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a stolen firearm.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

According to Patterson’s plea agreement, on June 4, 2013, Baltimore Police officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of East Preston Street in Baltimore. Upon entering the home, officers found Patterson and a female in the upstairs bedroom and brought them to the first floor. Officers asked Patterson if he had any drugs, guns, or large sums of money in the house. Patterson advised officers that he had a gun under the bed in the upstairs front bedroom. Officers recovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun from that location. Patterson was arrested after police learned that he was on parole from a previous felony conviction and prohibited from possessing a gun. Patterson told police that he had purchased the gun from an individual on the street for $200. Investigation revealed that the gun had been stolen in Howard County, Maryland in 2003.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Flagg, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned as part of the Baltimore initiative to combat violent crime, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015