Riverdale Felon Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison For Gun and Drug Offenses

February 25, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jamal Siddq Rickenbacker, age 29, of Riverdale, Maryland, today to 14 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a gun. Judge Titus enhanced Rickenbacker’s sentence upon finding that Rickenbacker is an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for drug offenses. Judge Titus also ordered Rickenbacker to forfeit four guns seized from his residence after his arrest.

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; Chief Roberto L. Hylton of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to his guilty plea, on August 15, 2008, ATF agents observed Rickenbacker provide another individual with 6.64 grams of crack in exchange for $280. When ATF agents and other law enforcement officers attempted to arrest Rickenbacker, he tried to flee by driving his car in reverse into an unmarked car occupied by Maryland State Police. Rickenbacker was removed from his vehicle and officers recovered the $280. Prince George’s County Police detectives subsequently searched Rickenbacker’s residence and seized an additional 12.53 grams of cocaine, 46.5 grams of marijuana, two digital scales with cocaine residue and a razor blade; a loaded .380 caliber handgun; a loaded 9mm caliber handgun; a .45 caliber revolver which was previously reported as stolen; a loaded 12 gauge shotgun; 512 rounds of ammunition; and two high capacity magazines for a MAC-type machine pistol.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf, who prosecuted the case.



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