Greenbelt, Maryland - A
federal jury convicted Derrick Wenzell Simmons, age 36, of Greenbelt,
Maryland, today being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced
United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
The jury deliberated a little more than an hour before returning its
According to the evidence presented at trial, based on information
developed as part of an ongoing investigation, during the evening of
December 4, 2008, members of the FBI and Laurel City Police Department
executed a search warrant at Simmons’ residence in Greenbelt, MD. Law
enforcement recovered a loaded, Sig Sauer .40 caliber semi automatic
firearm hidden in a blue plastic container in the master bedroom
closet. The FBI was able to obtain some DNA from the firearm, which
along with other evidence, connected Simmons to the gun. Simmons had
previously been convicted on a gun charge and was prohibited from
possessing a firearm.
Simmons faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for being a
felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Peter J.
Messitte has scheduled sentencing for October 6, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Laurel City Police Department for their
investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States
Attorneys Gina Simms and William Moomau, who are prosecuting the case.