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June 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL EXILED TO
OVER 17 YEARS IN PRISON
EXILE Program Targets Defendant Who Harassed Teenage Girl While Carrying a Gun
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Steven Crockett, Sr., age 41, of Baltimore today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Davis enhanced Crockett’s sentence upon finding that he was an armed career criminal, based on three previous convictions for 2nd degree rape, assault, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The federal sentence will be served consecutive to his 11 year state sentence for violating his probation on state charges.
“When armed criminals roam the streets, no one is safe,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “I am grateful to the local and federal police and prosecutors who took advantage of federal criminal penalties available for illegal gun possession under the EXILE program to remove a repeat offender who posed a danger to Baltimore citizens.”
According to his guilty plea and statements made at the sentencing hearing, on July 27, 2006, police were called to the 5100 block of Litchfield Avenue in Baltimore, after receiving the description of a man who had approached a young woman in that area. According to the report, when the young woman was not receptive to his advances, the man, later identified at Steven Crockett, grabbed the woman and threatened her. A police officer saw Crockett walking on Litchfield Avenue and noticed the handle of a gun sticking out of Crockett’s left pants pocket. Crockett was arrested and officers recovered a Sig Sauer, 9mm pistol, from that pocket.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorneys Joshua Felsen, Mark Floersheimer and Nancy Olin, the Baltimore Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.