Ocean City Today

Man takes deal for six years in jail

Gross federally charged in connection to robbing two juveniles in Ocean City
By Katie Tabeling | Aug 03, 2017
Montray Gross

(Aug. 4, 2017) Federal prosecutors have worked out a plea deal with a man who robbed two juveniles at gunpoint in Ocean City last summer.

Montray D. Gross, 32, of Grasonville, Maryland, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with a felony conviction in U.S. District Court last week. Gross was arrested by Ocean City Police in July 2016, after two juveniles reported they had been robbed while walking through the Tidelands Caribbean parking garage on Washington Street.

The two juveniles asked people on the Boardwalk, including Gross, where they could buy milk, according to the Ocean City police report. Gross told them to cut through the parking lot as a shortcut.

When the pair were in the parking garage, Gross came up to them, reached behind his back, said “give me your money, I got a gun here.”

Ocean City police reports said Gross took $285, a gold chain, a leather corded necklace with a cross and a belt with a Chevrolet Corvette belt buckle, valued at $50, before he fled.

Ocean City police arrested Gross when he was on Third Street in his in his Dodge Ram pickup truck. He was wearing the gold chain and cross, and the juveniles identified him.

During a search of his truck, police found the stolen items as well as two .380 caliber cartridges, one 9 mm cartridge, and a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

Gross was charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of use of a firearm in a violent crime and theft of an amount less than $1,000. The Worcester County State’s Attorney Office placed those charges on the stet docket, which suspends them until the federal prosecutors’ case played out.

Assistant United States Attorney Zachary B. Stendig requested that Gross serve six years and six months in federal prison, under sentencing guidelines. Stendig also recommended Gross serve 12 months concurrently for violating the terms of his supervised release.

Gross is set to appear before Judge Ellen Hollander for sentencing on Sept. 15.

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