Man given 15-year federal term for carjacking

Baltimore drug lord's son stole Public Works van

April 10, 2003|By Gail Gibson | Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF

A federal judge sentenced the son of one of Baltimore's most notorious drug lords yesterday to 15 years in prison for carjacking a Department of Public Works van, agreeing with prosecutors that at age 23, Anthony Grandison Jr. already qualified for the long sentence under U.S. career criminal laws.

Grandison, who also is known as "Scooter," was convicted on a federal carjacking charge in connection with a bizarre car and foot chase through West Baltimore Aug. 12 that ended with him seizing control of the city vehicle in an attempt to escape a local bounty hunter.

At his trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Grandison didn't deny taking the city-issued Ford van from a Public Works yard on Franklintown Road. But he said his actions didn't amount to carjacking because no one was in the idling vehicle when he climbed into it - an account that prosecutors and city workers disputed.

Offered the opportunity to explain his actions in court yesterday, Grandison said only: "I just wish it never happened."

"Well, we all wish it didn't, but it did," U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz replied.

Motz then sentenced Grandison to 15 years in prison, the maximum sentence under the federal armed career criminal laws. Motz also ordered Grandison to serve three years of supervised release.

Defense attorney Anthony D. Martin of Greenbelt argued for leniency, noting that Grandison had struggled growing up as the namesake of one of Maryland's most infamous criminal figures of the past two decades. Anthony Grandison Sr. paid a hit man in 1983 to kill two federal witnesses scheduled to testify against him; he was convicted and is on Maryland's death row.

The younger Grandison, whose run-ins with the law include convictions for cocaine trafficking, also was charged with illegally possessing ammunition when police caught up with him at the end of the chase involving the city van. A jury acquitted him of that charge.

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