Baltimore Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Prison For Illegal Possession of a Gun
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Donte Chandler, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a gun, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.
According to the plea agreement, on the evening of August 29, 2006, detectives saw Chandler in a car that was double parked in the 2600 block of Edmondson Avenue. Detectives advised Chandler that his vehicle was illegally blocking traffic, and asked for his license and registration. Chandler did not have a license and produced a Maryland identification card and a temporary registration for the vehicle, which was registered to his wife. Detectives searched the car and recovered one bag of marijuana from the ashtray, one bag of ecstasy pills from the driver’s door and a loaded Ruger P90 .45 caliber handgun from under the floor mat on the rear passenger’s side of the vehicle. Chandler was also arrested for having an open alcohol container on March 11, 2006, in the 2800 block of Edmondson Avenue, outside a car that had been rented by his wife. When a detective shone his flashlight into the passenger’s side door of the car, he saw a handgun in plain view in the driver’s side door pocket. That gun, a loaded Colt Government model 10mm handgun, had been reported stolen.
On February 24, 2009, detectives from the Baltimore Police Department went to a home in the 1100 block of Sargeant Street with an arrest warrant for Chandler. Chandler was arrested after answering the door. After detectives saw suspected drugs in the bathroom, a subsequent search of the home recovered 250 grams of powder cocaine and 293 grams of crack cocaine from the front bedroom closet. Chandler admitted that the powder and crack cocaine was his and that he intended to distribute the drugs.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy thanked the Baltimore City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case and Assistant State’s Attorney Robin Wherley who assisted in the prosecution.