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Maryland Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison on Federal Gun Possession Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Was Previously Convicted of Violent Gun Offense on the Same Block

            WASHINGTON Steven Gorham, 30, formerly of Temple Hills, Md., was sentenced today to a 42-month prison term after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge stemming from his arrest in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Gorham pled guilty in September 2018, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. He was sentenced by the Honorable Randolph D. Moss. Following his prison term, Gorham will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also faces the possibility of additional time for violating terms of his release from prison in an earlier case.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Dec. 4, 2017 at about 4:30 p.m., officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s 7th District Crime Suppression Team approached Gorham and other individuals on the 2300 block of Ainger Place SE, in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood. The officers asked Gorham how he was doing, at which time he tried to flee. Officers pursued Gorham and stopped him a block away. They recovered from his waistband a .380-caliber firearm with five rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the chamber.  The firearm previously was reported stolen from Thomasville, N.C.

            At the time of his arrest in this case, Gorham was barred from possessing a firearm due to a 2008 conviction in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. That conviction was for assault with intent to kill while armed and a related firearms offense. In that case, on July 1, 2006, Gorham shot a man in the abdomen and then, when the victim turned to flee, shot him again in the back.  The victim was paralyzed during this assault, which took place on the 2300 block of Ainger Place SE, the same location where Gorham was stopped with this firearm. Gorham was sentenced to a 12-year prison term for the 2006 attack and placed on supervised release on Oct. 13, 2017. He was arrested in this case less than two months later.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of MPD’s 7th District Crime Suppression Team.  They recognized the work of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center referred the case for federal prosecution.  They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Jeannette Litz and Teesha Tobias and Legal Assistants Katie Cowley and Emma Atlas. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Vanore, who prosecuted the case.

Updated November 29, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 18-327