Baltimore Felon Exiled to over 21 Years in Prison on Gun Charge

Any Criminal Who Carries a Gun Should be on Notice

December 18, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced David Williams, age 28, of Baltimore today to 262 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Davis enhanced Williams’ sentence upon finding that he was an armed career criminal based on five previous convictions for robbery, assault and drug distribution.

“Any criminal who even thinks about carrying a gun in Baltimore should be on notice about David Williams, who will spend more than 21 years in federal prison because he used a gun to rob a victim of $100,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to testimony at his one day trial, on the evening of October 24, 2006, a Baltimore City Police detective was driving an unmarked police vehicle near the 1100 block of North Fulton Avenue and saw a group of several males running northbound on Fulton Avenue, chasing another person, who was later identified as David Williams. Testimony showed that the detective drove to pass the group to determine if Williams was in need of protection and as he passed Williams, he observed a large-frame silver pistol in Williams’ right hand. The detective approached Williams at the corner of Lorman Street and North Fulton Avenue, but could no longer see the gun. The detective ordered Williams to stop and keep his hands in view, but Williams continued running and entered an alley, where he was cornered. The detective ordered Williams to lay down on the ground, but instead Williams removed a silver pistol with his left hand from the waist area of his pants, and threw it to the ground. Williams then laid on the ground. The pistol was loaded, with one round in the chamber of the gun and six additional rounds in the clip. As Williams was being hand-cuffed, the group of males which had been chasing Williams arrived. One of those men told police that Williams had robbed him at gunpoint of $100 and had hit him in the face with the gun. The man had a small cut on the left side of his face. Officers searched Williams and recovered $210 from him. The victim identified Williams and also recognized the silver pistol as the gun Williams used in the robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney James G. Warwick and Special Assistant United States Attorney Shennie Patel, who prosecuted the case.



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