Juvenile Conspirator Sentenced to over 11 Years in Prison for His Involvement in the Killing of a Witness

August 31, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Eric Lee Campbell, age 20, of Frederick, Maryland, today to 135 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for 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, Campbell consented to prosecution against him as an adult.

According to the plea agreement, from 2004 through July 2005, 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. Campbell and the others distributed the drugs in and around Frederick, Maryland, including on Sixth Street. Members of the conspiracy called themselves “B-6,” which stood for “the bottom of Sixth Street” in Frederick.

In the Spring of 2005, Campbell and other members of B-6 began to suspect that David Lee was providing information about their drug trafficking and other criminal activities to law enforcement agents. In June 2005, Lee was served with two federal grand jury subpoenas for his testimony on June 23, 2005 and July 21, 2005. In June or July, Campbell and other conspirators learned that Lee had received a subpoena, reinforcing their concern that Lee was cooperating with law enforcement agents against them.

On the afternoon of July 7, 2005, members of the conspiracy agreed that they would attempt to kill Lee. That evening, the conspirators 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. Lee, Campbell and other conspirators drove towards the residence of a conspirator who had marijuana to sell. Along the way, Lee asked to get out to urinate on the side of the road. The driver stopped and while Lee was urinating on the side of a driveway, one of the conspirators got out of the car and shot Lee twice in the head, killing him. A conspirator then drove to his residence and Campbell hid the gun outside of the house. Early on the morning of July 8th, a conspirator retrieved the gun from Campbell and disposed of it.

Jesse Dorsz, age 28, of Walkersville, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of a gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the drug conspiracy offense and a maximum of life in prison on the gun offense. No sentencing date is currently scheduled.

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 prosecuted the case.



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