Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced James Kidd, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for carjacking. Judge Hollander found that Kidd is a career offender, based on two previous convictions for robbery and drugs.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.
According to Kidd’s plea agreement, on September 9, 2012, Kidd approached the driver of a Ford Expedition and said he would pay him for a ride. Kidd asked the driver to take him from the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street to the 5800 block of Oakview Road in Baltimore to pick up his girlfriend and kids. Once they arrived at the location, Kidd took out a silver handgun, racked the slide to load the gun, pointed the gun at the driver, and ordered the driver out of the car, demanding the driver’s money and cell phone. The driver gave Kidd his two cell phones and his wallet (which contained $2) and got out of the vehicle. Kidd ordered the driver to lie on the ground and drove away.
On September 12, 2012, in relation to a burglary investigation, Baltimore City police officers were called to 2010 North Patterson Avenue in Baltimore and recovered a loaded 9mm .380 handgun from Kidd’s front pants pocket. That weapon matched the description of the gun given by the victim of the carjacking, and was stolen from another residence on North Patterson Avenue. On September 17, the carjacking victim’s phone was recovered from 2010 North Patterson Avenue.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg and Debra L. Dwyer, who prosecuted the case.