Final Conspirator Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Kidnap a Bank Employee
Planned to Take the Employee from Her Home in Maryland And Force Her to Assist in Stealing Money from the Bank in D.C. Where She Worked
Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Darrell Jose Carter, a/k/a “Shorty,” age 45, of Fort Washington, Maryland today to 35 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit a kidnapping, in connection with the home invasion of a bank employee.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy P. Groh of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to the evidence presented at the two week trial, on January 13, 2011, Carter and co-defendants Jeffrey Edelen and Kendall Taylor, armed with guns, masks and gloves, broke into the Prince George’s County home of a woman and her minor child. The defendants held the woman and child at gunpoint, and bound the child. According to trial testimony, the defendants planned to take the woman to the bank in Washington, D.C., where she worked, and force her to help the defendants obtain money from the bank. However, when the defendants first started banging on the door to get in, the child called a relative and the relative called police. The police arrived at the home before the defendants could get the victims out of the house. The defendants then turned their attention to hiding the gun and their disguises, allowing the woman and child to escape.
Jeffery Edelen, age 44; and Kendall Taylor, a/k/a “Shamsideen Salaam,” age 41, both of Washington, D.C. were also convicted of the conspiracy and sentenced to 30 and 35 years in prison, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Emily Glatfelter and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerome Maiatico, a Trial Attorney with the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division, who prosecuted the case.