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Armed Robber Exiled to 15 Years in Federal Prison


Planned To Rob A Drug Dealer to Obtain Cash and Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Terrance Gray, age 26, of Baltimore, today to 15 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, on August 15, 2007, a cooperating informant (CS) working with law enforcement agreed with Rahsean Holmes to break into a hotel room which purportedly contained multiple kilograms of cocaine and drug proceeds hidden there by a drug trafficker known to the CS. Holmes and the CS met with Gray, who agreed to participate in the planned robbery and Gray gave the CS a firearm to be used during the crime. Holmes dropped the CS off so the CS could meet with the alleged victim.

Later that day, the CS received a text message from Holmes that he was on his way to the hotel. Shortly thereafter, Holmes, Gray and another accomplice, Antione Boyce, arrived at the location. When police approached their vehicle to make an arrest, the conspirators drove away. A 10 to 15 minute car chase ensued through residential neighborhoods of Baltimore City. Police eventually made a traffic stop and were able to arrest Holmes and Gray near the car. Boyce ran away and several witnesses saw him hiding in the back yard of a home, near a child’s playhouse. Officers recovered two firearms from the yard. One gun was found leaning on a fence near the playhouse; a second gun was found in the child’s playhouse. Boyce was later arrested.

Rahsean Holmes and Antoine Boyce, both age 30, of Waynesboro, Georgia and Baltimore, respectively, were convicted on May 16, 2008, after an eight day trial, of conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery, firearms and narcotics offenses and are scheduled to be sentenced on August 8, 2008.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Mason, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Baltimore City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven H. Levin and Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted the case.

 

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