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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Man Convicted Of Carjacking That Occurred Minutes After He Was Released From Santa Rita Jail

OAKLAND – Rocky Lee Music was sentenced to five years in prison for carjacking, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, U.S. District Judge.

Music, 33, with a last known address in Walnut Creek, pleaded guilty to the carjacking charge today and was sentenced at the same hearing.  According to his plea agreement, Music admitted that on April 19, 2020, he violently carjacked a Prius parked in the 5200 block of Campus Drive of Dublin, Calif.  To carjack the vehicle, Music opened the driver’s door, punched the male victim seated in the driver’s seat, pulled the victim out of the Prius while continuing to punch him on the head, and forced his way into the driver’s seat.  Music drove away in the Prius while the victim hung onto the driver’s side door.  According to the plea agreement, the carjacking occurred approximately 40 minutes after Music was granted pretrial release from Santa Rita Jail, where he had been held while awaiting prosecution by Alameda County authorities on other charges.  After carjacking the Prius, Music drove to San Ramon, where he later approached a female victim seated in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle.  The female driver drove away.  Music was apprehended later that same day in San Ramon, and he has remained in custody since his arrest.  A federal grand jury indicted Music on June 16, 2020, charging him with one count of carjacking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2119(1).  Music pleaded guilty to the count. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Gonzalez Rogers sentenced Music to a three-year period of supervised release.  The defendant will begin serving the sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan U. Lee is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Kay Konopaske and Kathleen Turner.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI, the Dublin Police Department, and the San Ramon Police Department.

Updated March 9, 2021