For Immediate Release
Baltimore Felon Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Federal Gun Charge and Robbery
Robbed a Drug Dealer at Gun Point
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Alfred Patterson, age 50, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbing a drug dealer and using a gun during the robbery. A federal jury convicted Patterson on February 5, 2016.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan 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 the evidence presented at his five day trial, on January 28, 2015, Baltimore City Police officers were conducting surveillance in the 3600 and 3700 blocks of Beehler Avenue, a known high-crime area. The officers saw a vehicle pull up and an individual got into the rear of the car, leaving the door open. With an unobstructed view into the car, the officers saw a brief struggle between the individual, the driver of the car, and Patterson, who was in the passenger seat. The officers saw Patterson pull out a handgun and point it at the individual, who jumped out of the car and ran away. The car then drove off at high speed.
Alerted by the surveillance team, two officers pulled the car over several blocks away and removed the driver and Patterson from the car. A loaded .38 caliber revolver and two ziplock bags of heroin were on the passenger seat where Patterson had been sitting. The officers recovered the gun and the heroin, and arrested Patterson and the driver.
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 and thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for its assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Aaron S. J. Zelinsky and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Perry, who prosecuted the case.