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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Baltimore Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm

Defendant Arrested After Fleeing from a Vehicle that had been Carjacked Earlier that Day

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Irvin Hudson, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm.  The sentence was imposed on January 17, 2020.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Acting Special Agent in Charge Toni Crosby of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur stated, “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to get guns out of the hands of convicted felons and off of our streets, in order to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods.  Irvin Hudson was a convicted felon who chose to possess a stolen firearm and was arrested after running from a vehicle that had been carjacked.  This combination of facts often proves deadly on our streets.  Hudson now faces 10 years in federal prison, where there is no parole—ever.  Please, put down the guns and save a life—maybe even your own.”

According to his guilty plea, on the afternoon of November 30, 2018, Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers responded to an armed carjacking of a white Honda Accord.  According to the victims of the carjacking, a man approached the driver, who was standing outside the vehicle at a gas station, and pointed a black handgun at him.  The carjacker then told the female in the passenger seat to exit the vehicle, took the driver’s keys, and fled in the vehicle.

That evening, BPD received GPS information about the location of the carjacked vehicle.  Once officers located the vehicle, it sped away.  Officers in the BPD helicopter, known as “Foxtrot,” tracked and relayed the vehicle’s location to officers on the ground.  The vehicle stopped, and the driver and a front passenger exited the vehicle and fled in different directions. 

Officers in Foxtrot tracked the fleeing passenger, later identified as Hudson, relaying his location to ground officers.  The officers in Foxtrot saw Hudson attempt to hide under a truck in an alley and saw him throw a firearm.  Officers immediately went to the location and recovered the firearm—a semi-automatic pistol with a 9 mm cartridge in the chamber.   The firearm’s magazine was missing, but was subsequently located next to the passenger side door of the vehicle where Hudson had exited the vehicle.  The magazine was loaded with four 9mm cartridges.  Hudson admitted that he knew that the firearm was stolen.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the ATF, the FBI, and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Goldsticker and Matthew DellaBetta, who prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Contact: 
Marcia Murphy (410) 209-4854
Updated January 21, 2020