For Immediate Release
Violent Carjacker Ordered to Federal Prison
HOUSTON – A 21-year-old Houston man has been ordered to federal prison after shooting a victim multiple times during an attempted carjacking, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Adarrion Christie pleaded guilty May 2, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ordered Christie to serve 51 months for the attempted carjacking as well as a consecutive 10 years for aiding and abetting the discharging of a firearm during a crime of violence. Following his total 171-month sentence, he will serve five years of supervised release. Additional information was also presented today including letters from the victims in the case. The court also heard from a relative who explained the pain and suffering the families have endured. Christie was further ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to the victims. In handing down the sentence, Judge Hughes told Christie he knew what would happen when he pulled the trigger, noting “you did what you wanted to do regardless of the consequences.”
Co-defendant Derek Harper, 22, also of Houston, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the discharging of a firearm and is set for sentencing Sept. 5, 2017.
On March 31, 2016, Christie and Harper attempted to commit a carjacking. Christie admitted that he “tousled” with the male driver over the keys, which the victim did not want to relinquish because his wife and two-year-old daughter were also in the vehicle. Christie ultimately shot the victim multiple times at close range with a .45 caliber gun. Harper was unarmed and had been ordering the man’s wife to get the baby out of the car. Christie and Harper fled without obtaining the vehicle, but were later found and taken into custody.
Both have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Harris County Sherriff’s Office and Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennie Basile is prosecuting the case.