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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

36 South Charles Street
Fourth Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2692

(410) 209-4800

TTY/TDD: (410) 962-4462

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2009

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contacts: Vickie E. LeDuc, Public Information Officer

Marcia Murphy

(410) 209-4885

(410) 962-3091 (fax)

Landover Career Criminal Sentenced To Over 16 Years In Prison

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Gerome Alexander Young, age 30, of Landover, Maryland, today to 195 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Messitte enhanced Young’s sentence based on two previous convictions for crimes of violence: a 1997 conviction for assault with intent to rob; and a 2003 conviction for robbery.

According to Young’s guilty plea, Prince George’s County police officers saw Young speeding on Larchmont Avenue in Capital Heights, Maryland. Young’s vehicle crossed the double yellow line, almost hitting the officers’ vehicle. Officers followed Young, who sped up in an effort to elude police, forcing several other cars off the road in the process. Young turned onto Central Avenue into oncoming traffic and slowed down. Officers saw Young get out of the car while it was still moving, shove a large shiny object into his front waistband and run away. Officers followed Young and saw him throw the shiny object in the area of Larchmont and Clovis Avenues. Young was arrested and police recovered the object thrown by Young, a 9 mm pistol with the serial number obliterated.

Prince Georges County Police Chief Roberto Hylton stated, “We are thankful for the great partnership we have with the United States Attorney’s Office and for their hard work in prosecuting this case.”

“We are grateful to have worked with all of our partners on this investigation,” said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge David L. McCain, “and now a violent repeat offender will be serving a sentence that is both warranted and appropriate for his actions.” United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Prince George’s County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Su, who prosecuted the case.