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Carjacker Exiled to 11 Years in Prison


Carjacked Two Victims Within an Hour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced John Johnson, age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 11 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of carjacking. Judge Nickerson enhanced Johnson’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender, based on three previous convictions for narcotics distribution.

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 Johnson’s plea agreement, on September 9, 2009, Johnson and a co-conspirator drove a Dodge Intrepid to a gas station near the 1800 block of Bloomington Road in Baltimore, in order to commit a carjacking. They pulled up next to a Chevy Equinox and waited for the owner to return to his vehicle after using an ATM machine. As the owner attempted to enter his car, Johnson pointed what appeared to be a gun at the victim and forcibly removed him from the driver’s seat. Johnson and his co-conspirator robbed the victim, then Johnson drove away in the Equinox, followed by his co-conspirator. About an hour later, Johnson and his co-conspirator drove the Dodge Intrepid to a gas station in the 3900 block of Frederick Avenue in Baltimore to commit a second carjacking. They pulled up on the opposite side of a row of gas pumps from a Lincoln LS. Johnson got out of the car, pointed a gun at the owner of the Lincoln and the co-conspirator took the victim’s wallet. Johnson again drove off in the stolen vehicle, followed by the co-conspirator in the Dodge Intrepid.

The estimated loss for the Chevy Equinox is $14,500 and for the Lincoln LS is $13,950.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin M. Block and John W. Sippel, who prosecuted the case.

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