Frederick Man Sentenced To Prison For Carjacking

He will be placed on supervised probation after getting out.

Frederick, Md. (KM)  A Frederick man who carjacked a motor vehicle from Thurmont last year is going to prison. Jeffrey Darnell Rhodes, 44, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

“He got 15 years on the one robbery {charge}, and 15-years consecutive on the other. And he has serve 10 of those years in the Division of Correction,” says State’s Attorney Charlie Smith. “So he’s going to put on of three-years supervised probation when he gets out. Of course, he’s to have no contact at all with the victims, and to be anywhere in the area of Weis Market in Thurmont.”

Smith says Rhodes had been panhandling in the area earlier in the day in November, 2015. He approached a woman whose was in her car in the parking lot of  the Weis Markets on Thurmont Boulevard and demanded her vehicle, saying he had a gun in his pocket. She surrendered the car, and Rhodes drove away.  There were other occupants in the vehicle.

Smith says the victims were able to give officers a good description of Rhodes and the car he stole. Police recognized the suspect as Rhodes because of his earlier panhandling activities. He was arrested in Frederick.

“He did apologize for his action, attributing them to drugs. But nevertheless it was a very serious carjacking, very serious robbery incident. And so we felt the top of the guidelines were appropriate. Fortunately, the judge agreed with us,” says Smith.

Rhodes had pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges connected with the carjacking.