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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 8, 2016
Rod J. Rosenstein
, United States Attorney
Contact: Marcia A. Murphy

Baltimore Felon Sentenced to Over Six Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

Defendant Was Recently Released from Federal Prison for Prior Gun Charge

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced John Gilmore, age 41 of Baltimore, today to 77 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a 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 City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

"Shortly after serving five years in federal prison for a gun conviction, and while still being supervised by a federal probation officer, John Gilmore returned to the streets of Baltimore with a loaded gun," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "Other criminals should be on notice about the prospect of spending six more years in federal prison for possessing a gun."

According to his plea agreement, on September 17, 2015, a Baltimore Police officer was in a covert location watching the 1800 block of Edmondson Avenue when he received information that there was a possible armed person in the area. According to the information, the individual was a male carrying a black and red book bag and was armed with a handgun. Shortly after receiving the information, the officer saw a man matching the description and notified officers who were in an unmarked car close by. The individual, later identified as Gilmore, became noticeably nervous and tense when he saw the officers. The officers got out of the car and asked Gilmore what was in the bag. Gilmore stated, "a .38 snub nose." Officers recovered a black .38 caliber revolver, four live cartridges, and a stun gun from the book bag. Gilmore was arrested.

At the time of his arrest on September 17, 2015, Gilmore was on federal supervised release for a 2011 case in which he was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The possession of the gun on September 17, 2015 violated his conditions of release. Judge Bennett today also sentenced Gilmore to two years in federal prison for violating his supervised release. That sentence is to be served concurrent to the 77 months sentence imposed for the 2016 federal gun conviction.

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 Special Assistant United States Attorney H. Brandis Marsh, Jr., a cross-designated Baltimore Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

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