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Friday, February 21, 2014

Previously Convicted Baltimore Felon Exiled To Over 16 Years In Prison On Gun And Drug Charges

Jury Found that Defendant Brandished a Gun While Selling Marijuana

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Ira Taylor, age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 195 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

According to testimony presented at Taylor’s five day trial, on November 13, 2012, a man who was operating an unlicensed cab (a “hack”) in the 1800 block of Rosedale Street in Baltimore, attempted to purchase marijuana from Taylor. Taylor handed the man a “dime bag” of marijuana. The man took out $85 intending to get $10 to pay Taylor for the marijuana. Taylor drew a gun and pointed it at the man, demanding all the money and taking back the marijuana. Taylor ordered the man out of the car and told him to start walking towards North Avenue. According to trial testimony, the man did so, begging Taylor not to shoot him or steal his car. Taylor fired his gun at the man and slashed a tire on the car. A short time later, two Baltimore Police officers turned from North Avenue onto Rosedale Street and Taylor fled. Taylor was found hiding under a row of bushes and arrested. Police found a loaded .38 caliber revolver, with four live cartridges and one spent cartridge, on the ground nearby. Officers searched Taylor and recovered: two small bags of marijuana, $85 in balled-up cash, $19 in neatly-folded cash and a knife.

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 Scott Lemmon, Benjamin Block, Debra Dwyer and Special Assistant United States Attorney H. Brandis Marsh, Jr., a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015