Baltimore Man Exiled to over 24 Years in Prison for Gun and Drug Charges and Witness Tampering

December 2, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Terrell Rogers, age 32, of Baltimore, today to 292 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. Rogers was convicted on those charges by a federal jury on June 9, 2010.

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 Rogers’ seven day trial, Rogers got into an argument with a woman in the in the vicinity of Union Avenue and Ash Street in Baltimore. When the woman’s fiancé came out of a nearby bar, he and Rogers got into a physical fight. As the fight continued, Rogers ran to the passenger side of his car, which was parked nearby, still running, and retrieved a gun. In an attempt to take cover, the other man ducked into the open driver’s side door of the car. Rogers jumped into the passenger side of the car and the two continued to fight, struggling for control of the gun as the car began moving down the street, hitting other vehicles on both sides of the road. Rogers shot the other man in the stomach and ran from the car, which was by then inoperable. Terrell Rogers remained at large until his arrest on August 30, 2008.

According to trial testimony, just prior to Rogers’ arrest, Baltimore City Police Department personnel executed a search warrant at a residence in an unrelated case. During the search, agents recovered drug paraphernalia, as well as a note related to the shooting. The note read, “In the matter of the shooting of (the victim) on June 15, 2008, the police made me pick the two people out and i (sic) honestly don’t know who they (not legible) were.” The owner of the home stated that her drug dealer, whom she identified as Rogers, had her copy the note on a separate piece of paper in her own handwriting. Rogers told the homeowner that if she brought the note back signed by the victim’s girlfriend, he would supply the homeowner with crack cocaine. Other witnesses described an additional note, very similar in style and content to the one recovered. In addition, the shooting victim’s fianceé, with whom Rogers had initially been arguing, testified about a threatening phone call she received offering to give her money for her fiancé’s medical expenses in exchange for her promise not to come to court.

The caller proposed meeting at a truck stop near the woods, which the woman refused.

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 prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Judson T. Mihok and P. Michael Cunningham, who prosecuted the case.

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