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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Robber Sentenced To Over 19 Years In Prison For Armed Robbery Of Seven Convenience Stores During An Eight Day Spree

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Gary Cordell Howard, age 37, of Baltimore, today to 235 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbery and brandishing a gun in furtherance of robbery.

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; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.

According to their plea agreements, Howard, and co-defendants Monte Glascoe, and Michael Emmanuel Smith robbed at least seven Baltimore 7-Eleven stores from July 18 to 26, 2013, located at: 6314 Eastern Avenue; 3436 Wilkens Avenue; 5512 Park Heights Avenue; 2500 Liberty Heights Avenue; 6700 Brentwood Avenue; 211 West 28th Street; and 3204 Hollins Ferry Road. As part of the conspiracy, Howard, Glascoe and Smith would generally decide which store to rob, steal a vehicle for use during the robbery; brandish a firearm during the robbery; and steal money and cigarettes during the robbery. In each robbery, Glascoe pointed a gun at victim employees. The conspirators stole money from the cash registers, cigarettes and other merchandise, and stole cash, a cell phone and folding knife from employees at the stores.

Monte Glascoe, age 24, and Michael Emmanuel Smith, age 28, both of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the robberies and are scheduled to be sentenced on September 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and October 1, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Matthew K. Hoff, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned as part of the Baltimore initiative to combat violent crime, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015