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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc
(410) 209-4885

Salisbury Man Setenced to 20 Years in Prison for Armed Robberies in Salisbury, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Christopher Foster, a/k/a Capone, age 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possessing and brandishing a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence, in connection with armed robberies in Salisbury, Maryland.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Chait of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan; Wicomico County Sheriff Michael A. Lewis; and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello.

ATF is committed to working with our state and local law enforcement partners to bring violent criminals to justice, said ATF Special Agent in Charge Mark Chait. Today’s significant sentence demonstrates our dedication to the investigation and prosecution of those individuals who choose to commit violent robberies of our citizens.

According to Foster’s plea agreement, from April 2010 through June 2010, conspired with Charles Ayres and Angela Furniss to commit armed robberies of businesses and individuals. On April 29, 2010, Foster and Ayres robbed a convenience store in the 1100 block of E. Church Street, in Salisbury. During the robbery, Foster and Ayres wore a ski mask and black clothing and threatened the store employees. A firearm was brandished and an employee was injured and physically restrained during the robbery.

On May 10, 2010, Foster and Ayres robbed a marijuana dealer in the 1000 block of Arthur Court in Salisbury. Foster brandished a sawed-off shotgun during this robbery. Witnesses identified Ayres as committing the robbery. Ayres threatened the victim during the robbery. Foster admitted robbing the victim of marijuana and later selling it for a profit. Foster and Furniss fled to Florida, where they were arrested and returned to Maryland to face state and federal charges.

Co-defendants Charles Ayres, age 22, of Snow Hill, Maryland, and Angela Furniss, age 29, of Salisbury, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme, and were sentenced to 147 months in prison and 27 months in prison, respectively. The federal sentences for both are being served concurrent to their state sentences on other charges.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ATF, the Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico Bureau of Investigation and Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Antonio J. Reynolds, who prosecuted the case.