For Immediate Release
Baltimore Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone
Possessed the Gun Within 1,000 Feet of Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Malcolm Goods, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to two years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a firearm within a school zone.
The sentence 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 in an area 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 statements which indicated that he was aware that he possessed a firearm. Goods agreed that he knew or had reasonable cause to believe that he was within 1,000 feet of the grounds of the Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy.
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 prosecuted 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.