Baltimore Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

June 16, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Michael Distance, age 31, of Baltimore, today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. In imposing today’s sentence Judge Motz found that Distance was an armed career criminal, based on two narcotics convictions and a robbery conviction.

According to testimony at his two day trial, Distance was the passenger in a car stopped by Baltimore City Police officers on July 31, 2008. As the officers approached the car, Distance was seen leaning back and pulling something from his front waistband area and then looking around. After he looked around he slowly leaned down, as if placing something on the floorboard, and then raised his hands for the detectives to see. Upon reaching the vehicle, officers observed a Rohm, .38 caliber revolver, loaded with six rounds of ammunition in plain view, with the barrel of the gun slightly under the front passenger seat.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Lake, the Baltimore Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Clinton Fuchs and Special Assistant United States Attorney Traci Robinson, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case.



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