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District of Maryland

Friday, December 16, 2016

Baltimore Felon Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

Baltimore, Maryland –U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced William Warren, age 28, of Baltimore, today to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after Warren pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.    

The guilty plea and sentence were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

“ATF Baltimore will continue to focus the entirety of their investigative resources towards any persons or organizations who perpetrate firearm related violence upon the citizens of Baltimore and all surrounding communities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Board. 

According to his plea agreement, on September 17, 2014, Baltimore Police officers were patrolling in the 400 block of East 21st Street due to an ongoing conflict between two drug crews operating in the area.  The officers saw Warren, who they knew was a member of one of the drug crews, riding a bike.  As the officers approached, Warren turned his right side away from the officers and fled on his bike.  The officers followed Warren and saw him check his right waist area as he ran into an alley.  Farther into the alley the officers saw Warren remove what appeared to be a handgun from his right waist band and throw it over a fence into the rear yard of 2208 Barclay Street.  Officers recovered the gun, a .45 caliber handgun, loaded with nine live rounds.  As a result of three previous felony drug convictions, Warren was prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition.

Judge Motz ordered that Warren’s federal sentence will be concurrent to the 22-year state sentence he is currently serving after his conviction on an unrelated gun charge

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 U.S. Attorney Patricia C. McLane, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated December 20, 2016