Baltimore Armed Robber Sentenced to 38 Years in Federal Prison

November 14, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Troy Henley, age 30, of Baltimore, today to 38 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for: conspiracy to commit an armed commercial robbery; committing two commercial robberies; and two counts of possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, in connection with a series of armed robberies committed between August and December 2006, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“Our gun crime cases include not only drug dealers and convicted felons who carry firearms, but also criminals who use guns to commit commercial robberies,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Any criminal who carries a gun in Maryland should be on notice that gun crime equals jail time.”

According to evidence presented at his four and a half day trial in August 2008, Henley conspired with others to organize and carry out a series of robberies, including the armed robbery of an Ellicott City Wal-Mart on August 2, 2006 and the armed robbery of a Check Point Check Cashing Store on December 30, 2006. Witnesses testified that in both robberies Henley recruited people to participate in the robbery, provided supplies, participated in the robberies, and that the accomplices kept in touch during the robberies by cellphone. Cellphone and cell tower records corroborated witness testimony and showed that Henley was in the area during both robberies.

Specifically, witnesses testified that on August 2, 2006, at approximately 11:20 pm, a group of armed men, including Henley, entered a Wal-Mart store located in Ellicott City, held employees at gunpoint, and forced two female employees to load bags of Wal-Mart money into carts. The armed robbers then removed the carts from the store, striking one of the employees in the face. The robbers loaded part of the money into a waiting getaway car, but several Wal-Mart employees struggled with the robbers in the parking lot and retrieved part of the money. The robbers escaped with approximately $52,000.

Testimony showed that on December 30, 2006, at approximately 11:15 am, armed men stormed a Check-Point check cashing store on Harford Road in Baltimore City, after gaining access to the store by luring employees into the parking lot with a ruse involving a fight and some damage to vehicles in the parking lot. Once the men gained entry to the store, they held employees at gunpoint (including forcing one victim to the ground) and stole as much money as they could. They then fled the store, taking approximately $36,000. Witnesses testified that Henley acted as look-out during this robbery. Henley and others divided the money among the robbers at a home in West Baltimore where they met after the robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and her office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County Police Departments for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted the case.



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