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March 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARMED ROBBER EXILED TO 45 YEARS IN PRISON
U.S. Attorney Says Exiling Violent Repeat Offenders Will Save Lives
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Terrence Boone, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 45 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbery and discharging a firearm in furtherance of the robbery, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.
“Terrence Boone is typical of the dangerous subset of criminals who commit the majority of violent crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Put simply, sending violent repeat offenders like Terrence Boone to federal prison will save lives.”
According to Boone’s plea agreement, between October 5 and October 26, 2007, Boone robbed seven businesses at gunpoint, including four convenience stores and two gas stations in Howard and Baltimore Counties, and an auto parts store in Baltimore City. In each robbery, Boone was armed and in two robberies he fired his gun during the robbery, in one of those shooting a clerk four times.
On October 30, 2007, Baltimore Police Department officers were in an unmarked police vehicle and observed the front passenger of the Lexus that was stopped next to them, later identified as Terrence Boone, reach beneath his seat and pull out a gun. The officers began to follow the Lexus and attempted to stop the vehicle, but as the officers got out of their car the driver of the Lexus sped away. The officers began pursuing the Lexus, calling for backup units and for a Baltimore Police Department helicopter to assist in pursuit.
The pursuit continued onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 83 until the Lexus made a U-turn and began driving southbound in the northbound lane. The Lexus continued southbound in the northbound lanes, encountering several marked patrol vehicles that had been directed to block off I-83 in order to protect northbound traffic. As the Lexus got closer to the marked units, the driver made another U-turn and stopped the Lexus. Boone got out and began to run, but his escape was blocked by a large drop-off on the side of the interstate. An officer approached Boone and saw him reach into his waistband and remove a black handgun, which he then tossed over the side of the interstate. Boone was placed under arrest, and the handgun – a .380 caliber Bersa, Model Firestorm, was recovered. The gun was loaded with six rounds and one round in the chamber, indicating that it was ready to be fired.
On November 11, 2007, a microscopic comparison of the test-fired cartridge casings and bullets from Boone’s gun revealed that it had been used in the October 16, 2007 robbery of an Exxon Station in Howard County and the October 26, 2007 robbery of the A&M Convenience Store in Baltimore County.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Howard County Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore City Police Department and Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who is prosecuting the case.