Man gets 10 years in carjacking

Defendant acquitted in 2002 of murder

July 06, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN | MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER

A Baltimore man who had been acquitted of murder four years ago in state court was sentenced in federal court yesterday to serve 10 years in prison for brandishing a gun during a carjacking.

According to the statement of facts presented at his June 2 guilty plea, Eric Lamont Clark, 27, hailed an illegal taxi Jan. 8, 2005, near North Avenue and Belair Road in the city.

He got in the front and an unknown accomplice entered the rear seat, court papers said. After ordering the driver to take him to a bar supposedly at the end of a dead-end street, prosecutors said, Clark pointed a handgun at the driver and demanded money.

His accomplice held a knife to the driver's throat while the driver handed over $12 to Clark. The driver was ordered out of the car and the accomplice stabbed him. Federal prosecutors said yesterday that the accomplice escaped and has not been identified.

When police arrived, the driver was bleeding from wounds to his face and neck, and authorities said his car had been taken. The car was found abandoned 20 minutes later.

Officers found Clark a few blocks from the car and noticed blood on his clothing. They discovered a handgun on Clark.

State court records show that a Baltimore jury acquitted Clark of murder in February 2002. Clark and two co-defendants had been charged in the Oct. 14, 2000, shooting death of Damon Brown, 25, who died in the 5400 block of Force Road, according to the city state's attorney's office.

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