Friday, October 31, 2014

Robber Exiled 15 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Oxon Hill Cell Phone Store

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Alexander Michael Bailey, age 25, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, late on October 30, 2014, to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for the armed robbery of an Oxon Hill cell phone store.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Bailey admitted that on July 3, 2013, he entered a cell phone store located in Oxon Hill, brandished a firearm, and ordered everyone on to the floor. Bailey grabbed the store manager and another employee, poked the employee with the firearm, and demanded that the employee open the register and give Bailey the money. The victims feared for their lives and gave Bailey $302 in cash. Bailey fled the store. A short time later, officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to the scene and began a lookout for Bailey. One officer saw Bailey and ordered him to stop. Bailey began to run, but after a short chase he was caught and the $302 was recovered from him. During a subsequent interview by police, Bailey provided a written statement admitting that he carried and brandished a firearm during the armed robbery of the cell phone store.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Kelly O. Hayes, who prosecuted the case.

Two Beloit Residents Charged with Heroin Conspiracy

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Charles A. Evans, 40, and Tiana L. Williams, 24, both of Beloit, Wis., with participating in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin from May to September 2014.

The indictment was returned on October 29 by a grand jury sitting in Madison, and was unsealed following the arrest of the defendants in Beloit yesterday.

The indictment alleges that as part of the conspiracy, Evans and Williams stored heroin in Williams’ residence in Beloit and distributed heroin to drug customers in the Beloit area from the residence.  The indictment alleges that Evans and Williams sometimes allowed customers to buy heroin on credit, and that Evans used violence and the threat of violence to coerce payment of a customer’s drug debt, by physically assaulting the customer and breaking the customer’s jaw.

The indictment alleges that with respect to Evans, the amount of heroin involved in the conspiracy attributable to him is 100 grams or more.  In addition to the conspiracy charge, the indictment charges Evans with four counts and Williams with two counts of distributing heroin.  It also charges the pair with using a place, namely Williams’ residence in Beloit, for the purpose of distributing heroin.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Evans faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years.  Williams faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge.  Each distribution count, and the maintaining a drug house count, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

The charges against them are the result of an investigation by GROC (pronounced gee-rock), a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, to address gang and drug-related violence in Rock County through the coordination of investigations among local and federal law enforcement agencies.  Its members include the FBI; Rock County Sheriff’s Department; Beloit Police Department; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The prosecution of this case will be handled by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Sinnott.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Man Sentenced to Prison for more than 12 Years for Carjackings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced a Charlotte man today on charges stemming from two 2012 carjackings committed in Charlotte, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Antonio Cordiara McClary, 25, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 148 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Rodney D. Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing:

McClary carjacked a woman on January 5, 2012, and forced her to drive to her bank and
withdraw $500 from an ATM. During the carjacking, McClary pointed what appeared to be a
firearm at the victim’s head. Following the forced withdrawal of money from the ATM,
McClary forced the victim into the trunk of her 2010 Honda Accord while he drove around for
thirty minutes. McClary later abandoned the car with the victim locked in the trunk and told her
not to get out. An hour later, the victim was able to escape the trunk and call police.

On January 20, 2012, McClary confronted a second woman who was getting out of her
car in her apartment parking lot and forced her back into her car with what appeared to be a
firearm and a knife. McClary took the victim’s car keys and drove the woman to the bank ATM,
forcing her to withdraw $500. Later, while driving from the ATM, McClary threatened to
“splatter the victim’s brains all over the windshield.” Following the carjacking, McClary
abandoned the victim in her car and told her not to report the carjacking to the police because he
knew where she lived and said he would come back and kill her. In both incidents, what
appeared to be a firearm was later determined to have been an air rifle that fired pellets. In April
2013, McClary pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking.

In announcing the sentence, Judge Conrad stated that the offenses were a “heinous couple of carjackings that caused unfathomable terror to the victims.” Judge Conrad noted that he imposed the 148 month sentence to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant.

The defendant has been in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was handled by ATF and CMPD. The prosecution for the government was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Gleason of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.