Robber Who Planned Home Invasion Exiled to Almost 11 Years in Federal Prison

July 25, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Kenneth DeWayne Cooper, age 29, of Severn, Maryland, today to 130 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, during August 2007, Cooper informed an associate, Rahsean Holmes, about his neighbor, who maintained a substantial amount of money and firearms in his Anne Arundel County home. Cooper understood that the money, believed to be the proceeds of the neighbor’s construction business, was stored in a safe inside the residence. Cooper and Holmes agreed to rob the family home in order to steal the money, to enter the home through force if necessary, and to compel a member of the family, through force, to give them access to the safe. Cooper and Holmes anticipated that firearms might have to be used to commit the crime and conducted covert surveillance near the neighbor’s home, where they were able to watch the family coming and going from the residence.

Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) learned of the planned robbery when Holmes approached a confidential informant (CI) about participating. The CI attended meetings with Cooper and Holmes and made it possible for the DEA to monitor conversations during which Cooper and Holmes told the CI about their plans. Ultimately, Cooper and Holmes learned that their plans had been discovered by authorities and did not complete the home invasion robbery.

Rahsean Holmes, age 30, of Waynesboro, Georgia, was convicted on May 16, 2008, after an eight day trial, of conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery, firearms and narcotics offenses and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 8, 2008.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Mason, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven H. Levin and Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted the case.


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