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Baltimore Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Possession And Admits to 2009 Murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – Antonio Edwards, a/k/a “Dollar”, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty late yesterday to being a felon in possession of a gun. As part of his plea, Edwards also admitted to a 2009 murder and agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in state court.

The guilty plea 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 Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.

According to Edward’s plea agreement, on December 26, 2009, in the 1800 block of East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Edwards fired a handgun repeatedly at Kinlaw Jones, of Baltimore, Maryland. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead later that night. Multiple eyewitnesses to the shooting positively identified Edwards as the person who shot and killed Jones.

Thanks to anonymous tips regarding the whereabouts of the firearm, Baltimore police executed a search warrant at Edwards’ residence and seized a .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol, a holster and ammunition. Ballistics analysis confirmed that the shell casings recovered from the scene of the homicide and bullets recovered from the victim were fired from the pistol recovered from Edwards’ room. Edwards had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a gun.

As part of the plea agreement, Edwards and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Edwards will be sentenced to 25 years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for August 23, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Thiru Vignarajah, who is prosecuting the case.

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