Baltimore Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Commit an Armed Robbery

April 13, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Derrick Scott, age 21, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to rob a drug dealer and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to Scott’s plea agreement, during the first two weeks of August, 2007, law enforcement learned that on several occasions Scott had contacted a source, offering to rob or kill someone for $2,000. On August 17, 2007, at the direction of law enforcement, the source contacted Scott and told him that he had located a drug dealer to rob, if Scott was interested. Scott agreed and told the source that he would be bringing another person with him. The source picked up Scott and his accomplice and drove them to a location in the 200 block of Wilson Street in Baltimore, where law enforcement officers had arranged with the source. When they arrived at the location, the source got out of the car, as had been prearranged with law enforcement, but before officers could get to the car to make the arrest, Scott and the accomplice got out of the car and started jogging away. As law enforcement drove toward them in a police car, Scott and the accomplice pointed their guns at the detective driving the car, who continued to drive toward them. Scott and the accomplice jumped out of the way, dropped their guns and ran. They were eventually arrested in a shopping center parking lot nearby. A loaded .357 handgun and .38 caliber revolver was recovered where Scott and the accomplice had dropped their guns.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney Jessica Paugh, for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

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