BALTIMORE – A federal judge sentenced two more corrupt Gun Trace Task Force detectives to federal prison.
At their sentencing Friday, Evodio Hendrix and Maurice Ward received substantial credit for cooperating in the case, reported WBALTV.
It’s a sharp contrast to the sentences handed down Thursday, when ringleader Wayne Jenkins received a 25-year prison sentence and Marcus Taylor, who took his case to trial, received an 18-year prison sentence. Taylor continues to insist he is innocent.
Hendrix apologized to his family in court Friday and indicated his guilty plea in the Gun Trace Task Force case was his ticket out.
“I was looking for a way out. I figured this was the way out,” Hendrix said.
Hendrix did not blow the whistle on the task force before eight members were indicted.
However, he pleaded guilty to committing five robberies, and he testified against Taylor and Daniel Hersl when they went to trial. In return, prosecutors asked for and received a seven-year prison sentence.
Harvey Bruner, who is Hendrix’s attorney, said his client is still being punished even though his sentence is much shorter than others received.
“I don’t know if anyone spent any time in prison, but seven years in prison as a police officer, as somebody who cooperated, that’s probably not the best place to be,” Bruner said.
Ward was also sentenced to seven years in prison. He committed six robberies while in plainclothes police units. Prosecutors gave him the gold star for cooperation, calling his memory of criminal activity encyclopedic.
However, they indicated again that the Gun Trace Task Force investigation is not complete.
“There are ongoing aspects of the investigation that Ward is the genesis of,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise said.
Former sergeant, Thomas Allers, admitted to nine robberies. He previously received a 15 year prison sentence for his role in the corruption.
Ward apologized in court to the Baltimore Police Department and his co-defendants, saying he could have spoken up about the crimes that were being committed.
“When you are working with other police officers, you depend on them to protect you and keep you safe, and if you are a police officer calling out other police officers’ conduct, you put yourself at some risk. So it is a difficult choice to make,” said Ward’s lawyer, Paul Enzinna.
Fmr BPD GTTF Det Evodio Hendrix sentenced to 7 yrs prison in federal corruption case, what gov't asked for. Hendrix was a cooperator and testified against Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor.
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) June 8, 2018
Prosecutors said Ward is the one who told them that Jenkins was stealing from drug dealers almost daily.
The judge is giving credit for time already served to Ward and Hendrix, which is about 16 months off the total sentence.