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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2012

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc, Public Information Officer
(410) 209-4885

Baltimore Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Eric Young, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Bennett enhanced Young’s sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for drugs and robberies.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Marino F. Vidoli of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III of the Baltimore Police Department.

According to testimony at Young’s four day trial, on June 29, 2010, Baltimore Police officers were in the area of the 2800 block of E. Monument Street when they saw Young riding a bicycle with a child’s back pack attached to the handlebars. The officers pulled next to Young and asked him some questions, and asked Young to stop the bicycle. Instead, Young sped away on the bicycle, striking a pedestrian. Young abandoned the bicycle and back pack and ran. A search of the back pack recovered a Smith and Wesson revolver, 24 rounds of Winchester .38 caliber ammunition, and one round of Remington .38 caliber ammunition. Young was arrested after a brief pursuit.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and Baltimore Police Department for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney A. David Copperthite and Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Celeste, a crossdesignated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to drug cases, who prosecuted the case.