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Baltimore Felon in Possession of a Gun Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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August 9, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Marcus Hill, age 29, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a gun. At today’s sentencing, Judge Quarles found that Hill is an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for felony drug offenses.

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 City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to testimony at the three day trial, on January 13, 2009, two Baltimore Police officers were standing at the counter of a convenience store located at 4401 Belair Road in Baltimore when a woman entered the store carrying a gun. The police officers determined that she was a corrections officer based on the gun belt and pants she was wearing. The woman eventually made her way to the counter and as she left the store she passed a handwritten note to one of the officers that read “Help.” The officers followed the woman out of the store.

Trial evidence further showed that the police officers saw the woman enter the passenger side of a car in which Hill was in the driver’s side. The officers commanded Hill and the woman to show their hands. The woman immediately got out of the car and complied. Hill, however, moved around in the car as if reaching for an object on the floor. Fearing for his safety, one of the police officers shot Hill in the stomach. Hill continued to reach around inside the vehicle, refusing to comply with the officers’ commands. The officer shot at Hill again, missing him. Hill then showed his hands and was removed from the car.

The woman gave a statement that prior to entering the store, she and Hill had been arguing in the car and Hill had taken her hand and pressed it against a hard object in his pocket which she believed was a gun. So she asked Hill to stop at the store, where the police officers’ marked police car was parked, so that she could buy some bread.

Hill’s car was subsequently searched pursuant to a warrant and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol was located just behind the front passenger seat.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, and Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Giblin, who prosecuted the case.

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