For Immediate Release
Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge for Illegal Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone
Possessed the Gun Within 1,000 Feet of Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy
Baltimore, Maryland – Malcolm Goods, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal charge for illegal possession of a firearm within a school zone.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.
According to Goods’ guilty plea, on September 12, 2021, Baltimore Police officers received a call for an armed person at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Cumberland Avenues in Baltimore. The person was carrying a gun, wearing a white construction hat and orange safety vest, and riding a bicycle. An officer monitoring a closed-circuit television camera located an individual, later identified as Goods, matching that description in the 600 block of Cumberland Avenue.
When officers arrived on scene, Goods got on a bicycle and rode on the sidewalk for a few blocks. Near the 1600 block of N. Carey Street, officers pulled over next to Goods told Goods to stop. They needed to speak with him because riding his bicycle on the sidewalk was prohibited by a local ordinance. The area is about one block away from Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy, a Baltimore public elementary and middle school. Goods initially agreed to stop, then rode away on the bicycle.
After briefly losing sight of Goods, officers found him knocking on someone’s front door and placed him into custody. An officer saw the grip of a firearm in Goods’ waistband and recovered a.40 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number, loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition. During his arrest, including after he was read his Miranda rights, Goods made several spontaneous, incriminating statements which indicated that he was aware that he possessed a firearm.
Goods and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Goods will be sentenced to two years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has scheduled sentencing for March 3, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the ATF and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Moore and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Simpkins, who are prosecuting the case.
For more information on the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and resources available to help the community, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-neighborhoods-psnexile and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.
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