For Immediate Release
Defendants Arrested with Guns in Baltimore City Face Federal Charges in 14 Separate Cases
Armed Criminals Risk Many Years in Federal Prison Far from Home
Baltimore, Maryland – Fourteen defendants arrested with illegal guns in Baltimore this summer will now face federal charges as a result of an alliance between local and federal officials. The defendants were transferred from state custody to federal court. All are charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and face a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
“These federal indictments serve to put gun-toting criminals on notice that federal prosecutions await them if they choose to arm themselves with a firearm,” said Baltimore Police Department Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis. “We will continue to work collaboratively to identify and prosecute those who choose to continuously violate the law while we are working to make this city safe.”
“This demonstrates the important collaboration we have with our federal partners and sends a strong message to those repeat violent offenders that we will not let them get away with possessing guns in our City,” stated State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
“ATF will continue to prioritize our efforts in combating violent crime and targeting violent offenders in order to keep our communities safe,” said Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division. “Let it be clear - anyone who makes the decision to illegally carry a gun on the streets of Baltimore should be prepared to be face the consequences that accompany federal prosecution.”
“Police and prosecutors are working to identify armed criminals who deserve to be prosecuted in federal court,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
Under an initiative by the Baltimore City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office, prosecutors and police review cases of defendants arrested for firearms violations and evaluate whether the case should be considered for federal prosecution. Prosecutors evaluate each defendant’s criminal record, the circumstances of the arrest and other relevant information.
The following defendants, all of Baltimore, have been charged with being a felon in possession of a gun:
- Devonte Boone, age 27;
- Derek Anthony Davis, age 31;
- Marcus Davis, age 34;
- Anthony Evans, age 23;
- Dion Green, age 46;
- Gary Hall, age 20;
- Paul Jones, age 42;
- Jemal Kimball, age 30;
- James Kingsborough, age 24;
- Bernard Lawson, age 29;
- Larry Matthews, age 34;
- Daniel McKenzie, age 26;
- Alfred Patterson, age 50; and
- Charles Quailes, age 38.
Paul Jones is also charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years. Charles Quailes is also charged with possession of an unregistered weapon and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Any previously convicted criminal who possesses a gun faces a sentence of up to ten years in federal prison, even if the criminal did not use the gun. There is no probation or parole in the federal criminal justice system.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Hanlon, Seema Mittal, Clinton J. Fuchs, Patricia C. McLane, Bonnie S. Greenberg and Aaron S. J. Zelinsky, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Hoff, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Shelly S. Glenn, who are prosecuting the cases.