Prince George’s County Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Gun Charges

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February 25, 2013

Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Marco A. Williams, age 34, of Clinton, Maryland, today to 18 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Chief Judge Chasanow found that Williams is an armed career criminal based on at least three previous violent crime or drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to Williams’ guilty plea, on August 20, 2009, Williams was involved in a car accident.  Prince George’s County Police officers responding to the accident saw the handle of a .40 caliber gun sticking out from under the driver’s seat.  Officers recovered the gun and 14 baggies of crack cocaine found during a search of the vehicle in a fake rock in the driver’s side door compartment.  A later search of Williams’ residence recovered 10 grams of crack cocaine, 49.24 grams of ecstasy, 75.52 grams of marijuana, $1,084 in cash, $3,000 in blank money orders and a 12-gauge shotgun.  Williams had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing firearms.  Williams remains detained.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and Prince George's County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Antonio J. Reynolds and William Moomau, who prosecuted the case.

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