Accessory after the fact sentenced to over 5 years in prison in the killing of a witness
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Chester Stone, age 44, of Frederick, Maryland, today to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being an accessory after the fact to witness tampering by homicide, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to Chester Stone’s plea agreement and other court documents, from 2004 through July 2005, Eric Campbell, then a juvenile, worked with Jesse Dorsz and others to purchase and distribute drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and MDMA (ecstasy). These drugs were obtained from sources in New York and Maryland, and distributed in the Frederick, Maryland, area including on Sixth Street. Members of the conspiracy called themselves “B-6,” which stood for “the bottom of Sixth Street” in Frederick.
In the Spring of 2005, members of B-6 began to suspect that David Lee was providing information about their drug trafficking and other criminal activities to law enforcement agents. In June 2005, Lee was served with two federal grand jury subpoenas for his testimony on June 23, 2005 and July 21, 2005. In June or July, conspirators learned that Lee had received a subpoena, reinforcing their concern that Lee was cooperating with law enforcement agents against them.
On the afternoon of July 7, 2005, members of the conspiracy agreed that they would attempt to kill Lee. That evening, the conspirators arranged for Lee to get into a car with some of them in order to carry out his murder. The conspirators drove towards the residence of a conspirator who had marijuana to sell. Along the way, Lee asked to get out to urinate on the side of the road. The driver stopped and while Lee was urinating on the side of a driveway, one of the conspirators got out of the car and shot Lee twice in the head, killing him.
During the early morning hours of July 8, 2005, Chester Stone was contacted by members of the conspiracy and was instructed to go to the residence of one of the conspirators. When Chester Stone arrived at the house, the conspirator handed him the gun that had been used to kill Lee and said, “We killed David.” Stone left the house and disposed of the gun.
Eric Lee Campbell, age 20, of Frederick, Maryland, was sentenced to 135 months in prison for conspiracy to commit witness tampering by homicide. Jesse Dorsz, age 28, of Walkersville, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of a gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the drug conspiracy offense and a maximum of life in prison on the gun offense. No sentencing date is currently scheduled.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, who prosecuted the case.