For Immediate Release 7/31/2017
West Baltimore—Kristopher Washington was convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of a regulated firearm. Assistant State’s Attorney Vanea Morrell of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.
On July 12, 2016 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Baltimore Police officers were in the 1300 block of West Lafayette Street in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood when they observed Washington sitting in the driver’s seat and another man in the front passenger seat of a Cadillac. Both men had their seats in the reclined position. As the officers drove past the vehicle, Washington quickly sat up and began to stare in the direction of the officers’ vehicle.
Washington then attempt to conceal himself behind the front door post of the car by pushing his upper body further forward towards the steering wheel. At that time, the officers stopped their vehicle and approached the Cadillac to conduct a field interview.
As the officers approached, Washington put the front driver side window down and the officers could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. One officer asked Washington if he had any identification on him and Washington handed the officer a Maryland license. He also informed the office that the passenger was his mechanic, who was fixing his car. Both men were asked to exit the vehicle.
Upon a search of the vehicle, the officer recovered a Taurus .38 caliber handgun with a destroyed serial number from the center console. The gun was loaded with six live rounds, including one in the chamber.
“The Gun Violence Enforcement Division was created to focus solely on gun crimes, and the violent perpetrators of those crimes,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “As we continue to aggressively tackle the violence that is currently plaguing our communities, we hope that the success of this team of skilled prosecutors and detectives will send a strong message to the criminal element that we are serious about holding gun offenders accountable for their crimes.”
The State argued for eight years at sentencing. Washington was sentenced to six years in prison.