Aspiring local rapper sentenced after cell phone video is used to convict him of robbery

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Dominic Garrett, 22, was sentenced to twelve years behind bars, Wednesday.

A jury found Garrett guilty of multiple charges, including robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Detectives said in December 2014 Garret arranged for his ex-girlfriend to be robbed at gunpoint.

Prosecutors said Garrett recorded a cell phone video while he was on his way to connect with his ex.  In the video, he taps a gun on the camera lens. Prosecutors said the gun is one of the guns that were used in the robbery.

“The videos in this case were instrumental in gaining the conviction,” explained Ramon Korionoff with Montgomery County State’s Attorneys office.  “The rapping and flaunting of the guns, the showing of the drugs and money and other weapons, really provided the viewers an insight into the motivations of their lives.”

According to court documents, Garrett’s ex agreed to meet him at a McDonalds on Quince Orchard Road in Gatihersburg to buy weed from him, but when she arrived, Garrett asked her for ride.  The two drove to a dark Gaithersburg neighborhood off Collette Way, parked, and that is when 17-year-old Iquan Jordan, jumped in the car, pistol whipped her and demanded her purse, before fleeing the scene.

Prosecutors said both men are members of a violent Montgomery County gang known as Hitt Squad.  However, Garrett ‘s attorney said the guys are not an official gang, they just want to be rappers.

Garrett was sentenced to 12 years in prison.