Hollywood man sentenced on gun charge

 James Roshawn Garrett

UPDATE Aug. 24, 2017

Leonardtown, MD- A Hollywood man will spend 18 months behind bars for a felony firearms violation.

James Roshawn Garrett, 35, was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 23 by St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge Karen H. Abrams. In March, Garrett pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm—a felony charge because he was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Garrett’s defense attorney explained to the court Garrett is currently employed with a home repair company, is the father of two, receiving treatment at Walden Sierra, has never missed a court date and has been doing well with his pre-trial supervision.

Judge Abrams said she believes Garrett will turn his life around and sentenced him to five years, with all but 18 months suspended. When he is released, he’ll spend two years on supervised probation. Garrett was also authorized work release.

Garrett is facing charges in another case and will stand trial at the end of the month for second-degree assault.

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Below is a previous story regarding the defendant in the above case

From left, Woody Ward and James Garrett. Photos provided by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Dept.

LEONARDTOWN, MD --  Two Hollywood men have been identified as distributors of cocaine. 

St. Mary’s County Vice and Narcotics detectives identified Woody Nathaniel Ward, 39, and James Roshawn Garrett, 34, both of Hollywood as distributors of cocaine, according to their report.

An investigation resulted after a search and seizure warrant for their residence was issued. St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Team members, K9 deputies and Vice and Narcotics Support Team deputies assisted in the execution of the search warrant.

Along with the cocaine, detectives also recovered marijuana, packaging materials, two digital scales with cocaine residue, four cell phones, ingredients to convert powder cocaine to crack cocaine, a microwave plate with cocaine residue and a loaded handgun.

Ward was charged with drug violations. Garrett was charged with the gun violation due to being a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. 

Additional drug charges are expected against both suspects, pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

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