On Thursday, Jerome Pittman, 23, of Baltimore, Maryland was sentenced to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
According to Pittman’s plea agreement, on May 15, 2016, he and a second male caught an unlicensed taxi in Baltimore. The unidentified male entered the front passenger seat and Pittman entered the rear passenger seat. Then, the men asked the driver to take them to a nearby treatment facility.
Upon arriving at the said treatment facility, Pittman exited the car, supposedly to retrieve some papers, while the unidentified man asked the driver to take him to the far, dark side of the lot, so that he could urinate. A few moments later, the unidentified man opened the driver side door, pointed a firearm at the driver and ordered him out of the car. The driver got out of the car and ran around to the passenger side, where he unexpectedly met Pittman, who then shot him in the thigh. The two men drove off in the stolen vehicle, leaving the injured driver in the parking lot.
Three days later, on May 19, 2016, Pittman and two accomplices fled the scene after crashing a stolen 2012 Mercedes Benz into another car. Next, they walked to a nearby gas station, still in Baltimore, where they waved a firearm at a driver that was stopped at a traffic light. One of the men pressed the firearm into the driver’s stomach and both men carjacked the vehicle.
The following day, the three men took a “selfie” in the stolen vehicle with the victim’s cell phone.
On May 19, 2016, Pittman’s accomplices, Ti’Quan Dinkins and Rashad Harris, previously pleaded guilty to the carjacking and other related charges. Dinkins was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Harris, however, has not been sentenced yet.
The sentence, which was issued by United States District Judge Ellen L. Hollander, was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr., of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Darryl DeSousa of the Baltimore Police Department.