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Greenbelt Carjacker Sentenced to Over 8 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Jeffrey Carl Franklin, age 29, of Greenbelt, Maryland, today to 102 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for carjacking and being a felon in possession of a gun. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy; Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh; Chief Alan Goldberg of the Takoma Park Police Department; Chief Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr. of the Metro Transit Police Department; Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department; and Chief Earl L. Cook of the Alexandria (City) Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on February 8, 2012, Franklin, David Peebles, and another co-conspirator drove to the Manchester Road area of Silver Spring, Maryland, where they spotted an individual parking a 2008 Infiniti.  As the individual got out of the vehicle, two of the co-conspirators approached the individual.  At gunpoint, the two co-conspirators demanded the keys to the car, took the victim’s keys, and then drove away in the Infiniti. 

On March 2, 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Franklin’s residence in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Officers seized a .380 caliber pistol loaded with six rounds of ammunition in Franklin’s bedroom. Franklin knew that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition as a result of a previous felony conviction.

David Nathaniel Peebles, age 32, of Washington, D.C., previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to eight years in prison for carjacking and being a felon in possession of a gun.  Another member of the conspiracy, Samuel Damien Bynum, age 26, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 207 months in prison for conspiring to use a gun during carjackings, using a gun during a carjacking, carjacking and being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI; the Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Takoma Park, Metro Transit, Alexandria and Metropolitan Police Departments; the Prince George’s County and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Offices; and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas M. Sullivan and William D. Moomau, and Special Assistant Matthew L. Paeffgen, who prosecuted the case.

Updated June 21, 2016

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