Armed Robber Exiled to 20 Years in Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Julio Nelson Paredes, age 44, of Silver Spring, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for the armed robbery of a store in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Quarles also entered a restitution order against Paredes for $15,000. Paredes pleaded guilty on the fourth day of his trial.
According to Paredes’ plea agreement, on August 7, 2008, he participated in the robbery of the Tienda Ramirez grocery store in Templeville, Maryland. Victim employees and customers at the Tienda Ramirez store reported that on that day, a group of males entered the store, some armed with handguns and a shotgun. The armed men forced employees of the store to provide them with money and to give them access to the cash register. The gunmen also pointed a gun at two other victims, forced those victims to get to the floor and ordered one victim not to look around or he would be shot. The men stole more than $500 as well as personal items (including a cellular phone) from the victims, and then fled the store. Witnesses observed the robbers fleeing the area in a white vehicle.
Members of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to emergency calls and located the car as it was leaving the area. Paredes and three other men were sitting inside the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered a loaded shotgun, two loaded handguns, cash, and cellular telephones that were identified as belonging to two victims from the Tienda Ramirez store.
Co-defendants Rogelio Claros Alfaro, age 35; and Manuel Claros, age 22, both of Silver Spring; and William Ortiz Lazaro, age 30, of Hyattsville, previously pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County Police Departments, and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office for their work in this investigation. Mr. Rosenstein also thanked Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Frank Weathersbee and Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance G. Richardson and their offices for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Hanlon and Cheryl L. Crumpton, who prosecuted the case.