Baltimore Felon Exiled to 20 Years on Gun and Drug Charges

Found to be a Career Offender and Armed Career Criminal

September 24, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Timothy Lee Claridy, age 37, of Baltimore, today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on narcotics and firearms charges, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett enhanced Claridy’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal and career offender based on four previous robbery convictions and a felony narcotics conviction.

According to the evidence presented at his three day trial, in May 2007 Claridy was observed on several occasions in the 1500 block of Barclay Street in an area known to be an open air drug market. Law enforcement officers watched Claridy hand individuals items through the window of his car, in exchange for other items. The officers believed that Claridy was distributing narcotics in the area and continued their surveillance, watching Claridy enter a residence on Stemmers Run Road.

Witnesses testified that on May 22, 2007, Claridy was stopped as he left the Stemmers Run address heading in the direction of the 1500 block of Barclay. Although Claridy claimed he did not know anyone at the Stemmers Run address, a key recovered from Claridy opened the front door of the residence. A search warrant executed at the residence recovered a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson revolver and heroin. In addition, officers recovered over $5,000 in cash from Claridy’s car. Claridy was previously convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Baltimore Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip S. Jackson, who prosecuted the case.


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