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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Baltimore Man Convicted Of Attempted Home Invasion Robbery In Cherry Hill And Related Gun Counts

Nine Year Old Child Shot During the Attempted Robbery

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Kenneth Ray Graham, age 38, of Baltimore, today for attempting to commit an armed robbery, possessing and discharging a weapon in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The guilty verdict 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; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

“ATF is committed to working with our state and local law enforcement partners to bring violent criminals to justice,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan. “Today’s guilty verdict demonstrates our unwavering dedication to the investigation and prosecution of those individuals who choose to commit violent robberies of the citizens of Maryland.”

According to evidence presented at Graham’s three day trial, on September 17, 2013, Graham attempted to force his way into a home in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore and demanded money.  Witnesses testified that Graham fired three shots into the living room during the attempted robbery.  One of those bullets struck a nine year old boy.  Graham was previously convicted of a felony and as a result was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Trial evidence included a shoe containing Graham’s DNA left at the robbery location and a matching shoe also containing his DNA along the escape route.  At the time of his arrest, Graham also had gunshot residue on his hand.

Graham faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the attempted robbery; a mandatory minimum of 10 years, and up to life in prison for possessing and discharging a weapon in furtherance of a crime of violence; and 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. scheduled sentencing for May 13, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.  Graham remains in federal custody.

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 Attorneys Seema Mittal and Kenneth S. Clark, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 23, 2015