Baltimore Felon Exiled to 25 Years in Prison for Four Robberies

After Pleading Guilty in Federal Court to Robbing Homeowners, a Gas Station and
a Convenience Store, the Defendant Robbed a Bank

May 10, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Montez Gibson, age 27, of Baltimore, today to 25 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbery, bank robbery and brandishing a gun during a robbery. Judge Legg also entered an order that Gibson pay restitution of $1,758 to M&T Bank.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Chief William J. McMahon of the Howard County Police Department.

According to Gibson’s plea documents, on February 7, 2008, Gibson and a coconspirator forced their way into a home in Pikesville, Maryland. The accomplice pointed his handgun at two victims inside the home and along with Gibson, demanded money and drugs. One victim attempted to escape by jumping from a second-floor balcony and suffered multiple broken bones. The second victim also attempted to flee, causing the coconspirator to fire his gun. Gibson and his accomplice stole at least $900 in cash, a quantity of cocaine and other personal property from the victims.

On February 28, 2008, Gibson and an accomplice entered Charlie’s Citgo located at 111 N. Point Blvd. in Baltimore, Maryland. The accomplice pointed a gun at an employee. Gibson and his accomplice physically assaulted the victim employee and forced him at gunpoint into the bathroom. Gibson and his coconspirator stole $1,000 from the gas station.

On March 1, 2008, Gibson and a coconspirator entered a Royal Farms store located at 4308 Washington Blvd. in Halethorpe, Maryland. Gibson pointed his handgun at employees while forcing them to the ground and demanding money. Gibson and his accomplice stole $100 from the store.

Gibson pleaded guilty to these three robberies on December 18, 2009, while serving a sentence on an unrelated state case. After serving his state sentence and despite a retainer having been filed to ensure he would be brought into federal custody, Gibson was erroneously released in February 2010.

On March 12, 2010, Gibson entered an M&T Bank located inside a Super Fresh grocery store located at 7005 Security Blvd. in Woodlawn, Maryland. Gibson handed the bank teller a note that stated words to the effect of “Start counting or I will shoot.” The victim teller handed him $1,758. Gibson was subsequently arrested.

Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Cheryl L. Crumpton, who prosecuted this case.


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