BALTIMORE — Former Baltimore City Police detective Carmine Vignola has been sentenced to 18 months for lying to a federal grand jury about a case involving the former Gun Trace Task Force.
The Feds allege 12-year veteran Vignola was the officer with Sergeant Keith Gladstone the night of March 26, 2014 when he planted a BB gun on a suspect who had just been arrested by the now incarcerated Sergeant of the defunct GTTF, Wayne Jenkins.
Vignola joined the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) as an officer on September 4, 2007, and was promoted to Detective on March 20, 2014. In March 2014, Vignola served on a Special Enforcement Section (SES) unit assigned to BPD’s Western District. Officer 2 was Vignola’s partner and Sergeant Keith Gladstone was the officer-in-charge.
As detailed in his plea agreement, on March 1, 2017, W.J. and six other officers who had been members of the BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force (“GTTF”) were arrested on federal racketeering charges. Thereafter, it became public that multiple GTTF defendants were cooperating and providing information to the United States in an ongoing investigation.