Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III, sentenced Frank Hill, age 30, of Baltimore, today to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for an armed commercial robbery and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein.
According to his plea agreement, on April 7, 2013, Hill and two co-conspirators went into a pizza restaurant in Severn, Maryland, with guns drawn. The three robbers each had a firearm, which they pointed at the employees, and demanded money. One of the robbers struck an employee in the back of the head with a firearm. The employees were then placed in a back room or the walk-in freezer, and their hands and feet were bound with duct tape. The robbers took approximately $2,078 in cash belonging to the restaurant. The business was shut down for a brief period of time in connection with the police department’s investigation of the robbery.
On April 26, 2013, Hill provided two men with a car, as well as a handgun and a pistol grip shotgun, which the men then used to rob a liquor store on Bowleys Lane in Baltimore. The robbers approached an employee of the store and forced him inside the business. Once inside the liquor store, the robbers demanded money and the employee, in fear for his life, provided approximately $70,000 in cash and goods. Hill admitted he received proceeds from this robbery.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore City Police Department, Anne Arundel County 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, who prosecuted the case.