Baltimore Felon Exiled to More than 8 Years in Prison For Drug Trafficking

Struck a Police Officer With His Car to Escape Arrest

APRIL 30, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Cornell Slater, age 22, of Baltimore, today to 105 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. Judge Blake enhanced Slater’s sentence upon finding that he was previously convicted of two offenses that were either a crime of violence or a drug offense.

According to the plea agreement, Baltimore City Police officers stopped a car driven by Slater on October 12, 2006 near Cottage and Violet Avenues for traffic violations. When Slater pulled to the curb, he exited and quickly reentered the vehicle while grasping his waistband, and then sped off. Officers pursued him to an alley on Pimlico Road. After an officer exited his vehicle and identified himself, Slater suddenly accelerated the car and struck the officer, who fell to the ground. Slater again accelerated his car and all three police officers fired their weapons. Slater’s car stopped and Slater, who sustained gunshot wounds to his chest and hand, opened the car door and fell to the ground.

One of the medics treating Slater at the scene recovered a plastic bag with 25 vials of cocaine base from Slater’s clothing. The officer and Slater were taken to a hospital. The officer was treated and released that evening, while Slater remained at the hospital for several days. Slater’s car was towed to police headquarters. A loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered from under the driver’s seat.

Slater was prosecuted in Baltimore City Circuit court for a violation of probation on a previous state drug conviction and was sentenced to over four years in prison.

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 assistance in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case and Assistant State’s Attorney James S. Francomano, who assisted in the prosecution.



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