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Baltimore Man Exiled to 20 Years for Attempted Armed Robbery and Firearms Charges


Caught in Undercover Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 20, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Donell Mann, age 26, of Baltimore, today to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the guilty plea, as associate of Mann expressed an interest on several occasions, to a cooperating witness working with law enforcement, in robbing a drug dealer. The associate asked whether the witness knew anyone who could be robbed for quick money. On DEA’s instruction, the witness told the associate that the witness did know a drug dealer who might be a possible robbery target.

Beginning on September 20, 2007, DEA directed the witness to tell the associate that his “man” (the fictional drug dealer) was back in the area During a series of phone calls, the associate asked to meet with the witness early the next day in order to rob the drug dealer. At one point, the associate made calls to others, confirming that they would be willing to participate and informed the witness that he would meet the witness the next day.

During the morning of September 21, 2007, the associate arrived at the arranged meeting place with Mann and Jerrod Fenwick, age 27, of Baltimore. Law enforcement agents and police officers arrested the three men and recovered a loaded High Point model JHP .45 caliber handgun and a loaded Ruger 9mm P-89 handgun from their vehicle.

Mann knowingly became part of the conspiracy to rob the drug dealer as described by the witness, knew that the plan was to rob a drug dealer, and knew that firearms were to be used as part of that crime.

Jerrod Fenwick pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced on February 15, 2008 to over nine years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore City Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven H. Levin and Michael Hanlon, who are prosecuting the case.

 

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