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Five-time felon sent away for 19 years on gun charges

McKenzie White has made his mark on the judicial system. At the age of 37, federal prosecutors said he had already been convicted of felonies five times -- two for armed robbery, three for drug distribution.

A search of the Maryland court database shows these convictions -- robbery in 1992 with a 12 year sentence, with all but eight years suspended; drugs in 2002, with a three year sentence; assault in 2004 with time served; drugs in 2005 with a 10 year sentence, all but three years suspended; and drugs in 2007, with a four year sentence.

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On Friday, federal prosecutors announced that they had put him away again, this time for 19 years, for being a felon in possession of a handgun. It stemmed from a robbery in September of last year on Druid Hill Avenue in Baltimore's Upton neighborhood.

Police he and another man followed the victim into a building and robbed him while armed with a 7.62 caliber semi-automatic rifle. They took two cell phones and tied behind his back.

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Prosecutors with the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said that the victim, fearing for his life, told the suspects that his father lived nearby and had money in his house. He went the with gunman to the house, and called him along the way to say he needed to get something.

The prosecutors said the father sensed something was wrong and called police. White and the other man ran away, and police located White running down a nearby street carrying the assault rifle wrapped in a burgundy sweatshirt. He threw the gun and ran into a house, where prosecutors said he was arrested, "in bed, sweating profusely and breathing heavily, pretending to be asleep."

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