Upper Marlboro man convicted of helping to rob bank in Anne Arundel County

September 15, 2005|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF

A federal jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore convicted a 28-year-old Upper Marlboro man yesterday of helping to rob an Anne Arundel County bank in March.

DaRen Gadsden was found guilty of bank robbery and aiding and abetting a bank robbery. Prosecutors said Gadsden checked out Sandy Spring Bank and 1st Mariner Bank, both in the 100 block of Jennifer Road in Annapolis, on March 1.

Minutes later, Tyrone Mann Jefferson robbed the 1st Mariner Bank by vaulting over the counter and threatening tellers with a black pellet gun. Gadsden waited in his vehicle on the parking lot and was the getaway driver, prosecutors said.

Two Anne Arundel County police officers who were on the bank's parking lot witnessed the robbery and testified at the trial. Prosecutors said that one of the officers followed Gadsden's vehicle and arrested Gadsden and Jefferson a short time later.

Jefferson pleaded guilty to that bank robbery, to another bank robbery in Charles County and to an attempted bank robbery in Washington. He was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore to more than six years in prison.

Gadsden will be sentenced Dec. 1.

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