Baltimore Man Convicted of Armed Robberies, Gun Charges, Witness Tampering, Witness Retaliation And Obstruction of Justice
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal jury convicted John F. LeGrand, age 45, of Baltimore, Maryland, late yesterday of conspiring to and committing armed robberies, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, witness tampering, witness retaliation and obstruction of justice.
The verdict was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph Riehl of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and Chief Mark L. Bentzel of the Northern York County Regional Police.
According to testimony at his one week trial, LeGrand and an accomplice robbed a gas station and food market on Bel Air Road in Baltimore, on January 12, 2008; robbed a Pizza Hut restaurant on Carlisle Road in Dover Township, York County, Pennsylvania, on January 21, 2008; and robbed a Burger King restaurant in Baltimore County, on January 23, 2008. In each instance LeGrand used a gun to threaten the employees during the robbery.
Witnesses at trial also testified that in an effort to obstruct the investigation, on January 27, 2010, LeGrand threatened to harm a witness who had cooperated in the investigation by speaking with federal agents and on January 29, 2010, told another witness to misrepresent the facts to federal agents investigating the robberies.
LeGrand faces a mandatory minimum of 32 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, and a maximum of life in prison for using a firearm in these robberies, a maximum of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and robbery charges, as well as the witness tampering, witness retaliation and obstruction of justice charges, and a maximum of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for September 7, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Harry M. Gruber and Paul E. Budlow, who are prosecuting the case.