BALTIMORE — A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging 19-year-old Michael Wedington, Jr. with conspiracy, taking a motor vehicle by threats or violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in connection with two carjackings.
According to the affidavit, Wedington allegedly participated in two carjackings that occurred on June 8 and June 10 of this year.
In each instance, the victim was picking up tools as part of a transaction set up through “OfferUp,” which connects local buyers and sellers of various products. When the victims arrived at the designated meeting spot, they were then directed to a second location, where the victims were robbed and their vehicles taken.
If convicted, Wedington faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for conspiracy to take a motor vehicle by threats or violence; a maximum of 15 years in federal prison for taking a motor vehicle by threats or violence; and a mandatory minimum of seven years in federal prison, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to life in federal prison for each of two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
A criminal complaint is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
He has a detention hearing scheduled for December 18.