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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baltimore Felon Exiled To 8 Years In Prison For Possessing A Gun



Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced James Epps, age 34, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to eight years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition.

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; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

The evidence showed that on July 5, 2010, Baltimore police officers were in the area of North Patterson Park and East Jefferson Street in Baltimore attempting to locate Epps in order to serve a federal arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation. When the officers saw Epps crossing the intersection, they arrested him and seized a loaded pistol. Epps had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a gun.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Debra L. Dwyer, who prosecuted the case.

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