Crime Watch

November 21, 2007

Oft-charged man pleads guilty to having cocaine; January sentencing set

A city man arrested eight times - but never convicted - on gun charges pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Tyrone Henderson, 24, had topped Baltimore's new "GunStat" list this summer of people with the most gun arrests. Mayor Sheila Dixon launched the GunStat project as a way to more carefully monitor gun crimes.

Henderson was indicted by federal prosecutors in August. According to the plea agreement, city officers executing a search warrant at a house in the 1400 block of Presstman St. found Henderson in a third-floor bedroom, and they pulled a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol from his pants pocket.

Police also recovered 10 plastic bags of packaged cocaine from that room, according to the plea.

The conviction yesterday means that Henderson faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised probation, federal prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Julie Bykowicz

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