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JANUARY 27, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON ON GUN CHARGE
Determined to be Armed Career Criminal Based on Previous Drug Convictions
BALTIMORE, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced William English, age 24, of Baltimore to 15 years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Quarles ruled that English was an armed career criminal, based on his four previous convictions for serious drug offenses.
According to the statement of facts presented at his December 12, 2005 guilty plea, on July 25, 2004, a Baltimore police officer on patrol in the 3600 block of Lucille Avenue in Baltimore observed English engage in a suspected drug transaction. The officer got out of his car and approached English, who by that time was sitting on the porch of a home, and requested his identification. As English stood up, the officer noticed a bulge in the front of English’s pants that was consistent with a handgun. English suddenly turned toward the front door of the house and reached to his waist area. The officer grabbed English from behind and felt the handle of a handgun coming out of English’s pants. They struggled for a few moments before the officer was able to subdue and handcuff English, recovering a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baltimore Police Department for their investigation in this case. Mr. Rosenstein also praised Assistant United States Attorney Craig M. Wolff, who prosecuted the case.
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