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August 25, 2010
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CONSPIRATOR IN CUMBERLAND HOME INVASION ROBBERY PLEADS GUILTY
Baltimore, Maryland - Corey Adams, age 27, of Petersburg, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the home invasion robbery of a drug dealer in Cumberland, Maryland.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Allegany County Bureau of Police Chief J. Robert Dick; Cumberland Police Chief Charles H. Hinnant; and Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. Mr. Rosenstein thanked the Allegany Combined County Criminal Investigations (C3I), for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution.
According to Adams’ plea agreement, on June 24, 2008, Ray Blanks, Danny Jones and Adams traveled from Petersburg, Virginia to Cumberland to commit a robbery. When they arrived in Maryland, they met with Kinnell Stith, a cousin of Jones who lived in Cumberland, at a gas station. Stith told them that a drug dealer in the area had a significant amount of money and drugs in his home and that the back door of the house was always left open.
Adams drove Blanks and Jones to the home and waited in the car. Blanks and Jones awakened a resident who was sleeping by tapping a gun on his chest and took the resident at gunpoint to look for money and drugs in several rooms, finally forcing the resident to lie face down on the floor. A woman returned to the home and was accosted by Jones and Blanks. The two men finally took a roll of nineteen $2 bills from the woman’s bedroom, and cocaine and cash that they found on the woman. The two demanded that the woman call the drug dealer, who was her boyfriend, and tell him to come home. The drug dealer returned to the home at about 7 a.m. and was pistol whipped by Jones and Blanks, who again demanded money and drugs. The drug dealer was able to retrieve his hand gun and fired two shots at Jones and Blanks as they fled out the back door. The drug dealer followed them outside, continuing to fire his gun, striking Jones in the leg and buttocks, with that bullet eventually passing to his abdomen. Jones and Blanks fled to the car where Corey Adams was waiting and they drove away.
The car was subsequently stopped by law enforcement and the three men were arrested. Jones was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. Blanks was searched and police recovered the cocaine and cash taken from the woman. The car was searched and a third handgun was recovered from the trunk of the car.
Adams faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled sentencing for November 29, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Ray Blanks, age 30, and Danny Jones, age 24, both of Petersburg, Virginia, were convicted after trial and each sentenced to 20 years in prison for their roles in the robbery. Kinnell Stith, age 30, of Cumberland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys A. David Copperthite and Peter M. Nothstein, who prosecuted the case.