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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rod J. Rosenstein
, United States Attorney
Contact: Marcia Murphy

Baltimore Felon Exiled to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm

On Pretrial Release – and on Probation for Five Separate Convictions – At the time of his Arrest

Baltimore, Maryland –U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Jerome Harrod, age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland, on February 22, 2017, to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a stolen firearm.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

According to his guilty plea, on September 23, 2015, a Baltimore Police detective surveilling the 2900 block of Presbury Street in Baltimore,Maryland, saw Harrod walk up to the front porch of a home, pull a silver revolver from his waistband, and hold it in the air. The detective gave a description of Harrod to two Baltimore Police detectives, who traveled to the residence to investigate.

Harrod noticed the approach of the detectives, reached for the firearm in his waistband, and then hastily turned and ran inside the house. The detectives followed Harrod inside and through the home to the back of the kitchen. Harrod attempted to exit out of a back door, then turned and attempted to draw his firearm on the detectives. One of the detectives realize that Harrod was pulling out a silver gun and yelled “Gun!” The other detective then struck Harrod in the face to prevent him from pulling out the gun.

A search of Harrod recovered a .357 caliber revolver. Investigation revealed that the gun was stolen from its owner in Dekalb County, Georgia on January 23, 2012.

At the time of this arrest, Harrod was on pre-trial release for a separate firearm offense, and on parole for five separate convictions including drug trafficking and three previous armed robbery convictions.

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 U.S. Attorney David Metcalf, who prosecuted the case.

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Field Division: Baltimore Field Division