Dirtbag Roundup: Ex-con armed robber Jason Armstrong sent to federal prison for ten years in home invasion robbery
GREENBELT, MD. – Often it takes the federal prosecutor to see to it that dangerous criminals are off the streets and behind bars for a nice long stretch, rather than have a Maryland Circuit Court Judge wheel and deal resulting in light sentences for notable Dirtbags.
United States District Judge Deborah J. Chasanow sentenced Jason Andre Armstrong, 43, of Leonardtown, Maryland to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The sentence was announced on Feb. 2, 2018, by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning.
According to his plea agreement, on March 5, 2016, Armstrong entered a residence on Teddy Lane, south of Lexington Park, Maryland, demanded money from the occupants and threatened them with a handgun.
Armstrong said he was there to collect money he lost gambling with her boyfriend
According to charging documents, the victim told police that Armstrong said he was there to collect money he lost gambling with her boyfriend, and “…pulled out a silver handgun which was concealed in his clothing and pointed the firearm in the area of her head from approximately four feet away as she knelt down.”
Armstrong also demanded any drugs from the victim who provided him with a container of pot.
Armstrong then left the residence, got into the rear driver’s side passenger seat of a vehicle, and the vehicle drove away. Shortly after receiving a description of the vehicle, from a friend of the victim who was following the fleeing robbers, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s officers stopped the vehicle and arrested Armstrong.
Officers recovered a 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol from underneath the driver’s seat on the rear passenger side. The pistol was reported stolen in a 1995 burglary from the Tackle Box, a federally licensed firearms store in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. After the officers advised Armstrong of his rights on the scene, Armstrong admitted that he possessed the firearm.
On April 20, 2005, in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Armstrong was convicted of robbery. As a convicted felon, Armstrong was prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, which shows that there is clearly no truth in sentencing in Maryland and the sentences handed down in court while the public might possibly be watching are quickly spun into new deals through the Maryland system of “modification”. Judges, on a whim, can change a sentence.
In St. Mary’s Circuit Court on May 26, 2006, Armstrong was sentenced to ten years in prison with credit for time served of 401 days leaving 9 unsuspended years. After the sentences for malicious property destruction, driving while suspended, possession of cocaine and robbery were merged together, court records show that he was to serve only 4 years.
Armstrong proved that being behind bars was no impediment to him continuing to be a violent punk when he was charged in Allegany County Circuit Court with five counts of assault on a correctional officer and possession of a deadly weapon and using it to injure. In a plea deal on Nov. 16, 2007, he was given 18 more months to smell the urinal in his cell. The assault charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. In all of his criminal cases, he never had to use his gambling money or drug sales proceeds to pay for a real attorney and instead had the use of free attorneys provided by the taxpayers of Maryland.
Armstrong was very lucky he didn’t pick the wrong house to invade on Teddy Lane, as his innards would have likely been used to decorate a living room wall due to repeated shotgun blasts – if he had picked a nearby home which is the residence of two retired St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputies.