Juvenile Conspirator Pleads Guilty to Witness Tampering by Homicide
Baltimore, Maryland - Eric Lee Campbell, age 20, of Frederick, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit witness tampering by homicide, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Although Campbell was a juvenile at the time of the crime, as part of his plea, Campbell waived any right to contest his transfer to adult status and consented to be proceeded against as an adult.
According to the plea agreement, from 2004 through July 2005, Eric Lee Campbell, then a juvenile, worked with Jesse Dorsz and others to purchase and distribute drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and MDMA (ecstasy). These drugs were obtained from sources in New York and Maryland, and Campbell and the others assisted each other in distributing them in and around Frederick, including on Sixth Street. Members of the conspiracy called themselves “B-6,” which stood for “the bottom of Sixth Street” in Frederick, Maryland.
According to the statement of facts, in the Spring of 2005, members of B-6, including Campbell, began to suspect that David Lee was cooperating with law enforcement agents and providing information about their drug trafficking and other criminal activities. On several occasions, one or more members of B-6 openly discussed their suspicion that Lee was cooperating with law enforcement agents. In June 2005, Lee was served with a federal grand jury subpoena for his testimony on June 23, 2005 and on June 23, 2005, Lee was served with a second grand jury subpoena for his testimony on July 21, 2005. In June or July, members of the conspiracy, including Campbell, learned that Lee had received a subpoena, reinforcing their concern that Lee was cooperating with law enforcement agents against them.
The plea agreement states that in June or July 2005, members of the conspiracy were concerned that Lee was going to testify against them and conspired to kill Lee. On the afternoon of July 7, 2005, members of the conspiracy agreed that they would attempt to kill Lee while Stone was in New York. On the evening of July 7th, members of the conspiracy arranged for Lee to get into a car with some of them in order to carry out his murder. Campbell was among the persons in the car. Later that evening Lee, and members of the conspiracy, including Campbell, drove towards the residence of one of the conspirators, who had marijuana to sell to a member of the conspiracy. Along the way, Lee asked to get out to urinate on the side of the road. The driver pulled into a driveway and while Lee was urinating on the side of the driveway, one of the members of the conspiracy got out of the car and shot Lee twice in the head, killing him. After the murder, they abruptly left the scene, accelerating backwards before the rear passenger-side door could be closed. The rear passenger-side door violently struck a metal farm gate and was damaged to the point that the door could not be closed. One of the conspirators then drove to his residence and Campbell hid the gun outside of the house.
Immediately after the shooting, calls were made to the conspirators and others to arrange for the disposal of the gun. Early on the morning of July 8th, someone retrieved the gun from Campbell, left and disposed of the gun.
Campbell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, although the parties have agreed that 135 months in prison is an appropriate sentence in this case. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for August 31, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.
Jesse Dorsz, age 28, of Walkersville, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the drug conspiracy charge and a maximum of life in prison for use of a gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, although the parties have agreed that a sentence in the range of 180 to 210 months in prison is appropriate. Judge Motz has scheduled Dorsz’s sentencing for September 3, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police and Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, who is prosecuting the case.