AMERICAN HISTORY: Sculptures that adorn the Rotunda of the United States Capitol

Preservation of Captain John Smith by Pocahontas, 1606, Relief Sculpture

The Basics

ARTIST: Antonio Capellano
MATERIALS: Sandstone
YEAR: 1825
LOCATION: Above the West Door

Landing of the Pilgrims, 1620, Relief Sculpture

ARTIST: Enrico Causici
MATERIALS: Sandstone
YEAR: 1825
LOCATION: Above the East Door

Conflict of Daniel Boone and the Indians, 1773, Relief Sculpture

ARTIST: Enrico Causici
MATERIALS: Sandstone
YEAR:1827
LOCATION: Above the South Door

William Penn’s Treaty with the Indians, 1682, Relief Sculpture

ARTIST: Nicholas Gevelot
MATERIALS: Sandstone
YEAR: 1827
LOCATION: Above the North Door

British Burn the Capitol, 1814, Allyn Cox, 1974, Corridor,
House wing, First Floor.

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COURT NEWS: Douglas Pistol-Whipped Victim in the Face and Ribs With a Firearm While Committing a Robbery and Carjacking; Awarded Ten Years in Slammer

COURT NEWS: Douglas Pistol-Whipped Victim in the Face and Ribs With a Firearm While Committing a Robbery and Carjacking; Awarded Ten Years in Slammer

BALTIMORE, MD. – It is going to be ten years in prison for a man who used his gun to brutally beat a pizza delivery driver in the ribs and face and then robbed his victim of the fifty bucks that was proceeds of working for a living.  In addition, the pizza driver’s vehicle was stolen as well.

For Devontay L. Douglas, 23, of Baltimore, Md., he is going to be working making license plates for a decade and then spend three years on probation. This wasn’t the first time, this dangerous thug has been convicted of armed carjacking.

On July 21, 2021, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Devontay Douglas, (DOB 1/2/1998) of 708 Woodington Road, Baltimore, Md.

Douglas brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and struck the victim in the face and ribs several times.

According to his guilty plea, on July 10, 2018, Douglas and a co-conspirator robbed a pizza delivery employee at a Baltimore, Maryland apartment complex. During the robbery, Douglas brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and struck the victim in the face and ribs several times. Douglas and his co-conspirator then took the victim’s keys, cell phone, and approximately $50 in cash.

Subsequently, Douglas and his co-conspirator stole the victim’s vehicle and attempted to flee the area. The victim immediately notified nearby security guards that he had been robbed and identified the stolen vehicle. Security guards quickly approached the vehicle with weapons drawn and ordered Douglas to stop. Douglas stopped the vehicle and placed his hands in the air. Meanwhile, Douglas’s co-conspirator fled on foot and was not apprehended. The security guards detained Douglas until Baltimore City Police officers arrived.

When the officers arrived, the officers recovered a Glock, 9mm handgun, loaded with approximately 15 rounds, in the driver’s side front floorboard where Douglas had been sitting.

Prior to being charged in Federal Court, Douglas was charged in the District Court of Baltimore City – a place where the feckless prosecutor Marilyn Mosby and the City Judges routinely let violent criminals run free as they rob and kill the citizens.  The charges placed by City Police Officers James Ricketts and Andrew M. Gillig were for armed carjacking, robbery, armed robbery, theft of a vehicle, handgun on a person previously convicted of a violent crime, and other assorted crimes.

Douglas entered a guilty plea to felony armed carjacking in Baltimore County Circuit Court in a plea deal with the Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger on March 27, 2017.  The sweet deal approved by the prosecutor provided for a sentence of eight years in prison with all but two years suspended. Had Douglas served his term in prison, the innocent pizza delivery driver would not have been pistol-whipped and robbed by him.

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MURDER USA: Ms-13 Gang Leader Jorge Guerra-Castillo, a/k/a “Pelon” Pleads Guilty to Murders, Attempted Murders, and Extortion

MURDER USA: Ms-13 Gang Leader Jorge Guerra-Castillo, a/k/a “Pelon” Pleads Guilty to Murders, Attempted Murders, and Extortion


Guerra-Castillo Orchestrated the Murder of Two Victims and the Attempted Murder of Two Others
Baltimore, Maryland – Jorge Guerra-Castillo, a/k/a “Pelon”, age 40, of Silver Spring, Maryland, an MS-13 leader, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activities, including three murders and two attempted murders.

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The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Acting Frederick Police Department Chief Dwight Sommers; Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department and Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad.

“The reign of terror, acts of violence, and horrific murders that Guerra-Castillo and his fellow MS-13 members have committed will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner. “The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and our partners are committed to breaking the stronghold of violent gangs like MS-13 with swift and stringent prosecution. We will utilize every legal resource to ensure that citizens can live peacefully and fearlessly within their own communities.”

MS-13 is a national and international gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador and other Central American countries. Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, operate throughout Frederick County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County, Maryland.

At all times of this conspiracy, members of MS-13 were expected to protect the name, reputation, and status of the gang from rival gang members and other persons. To protect the gang and to enhance its reputation, MS-13 members were expected to use any means necessary to force respect from those who showed disrespect, including acts of intimidation and violence. MS-13 had mottos consistent with its rules, beliefs, expectations and reputation including “mata, viola, controla,” which translates as, “kill, rape, control,” and “ver, oir y callar,” which means, “see nothing, hear nothing and say nothing.”

MS-13 members are required to commit acts of violence both to maintain membership and discipline within the gang, as well as against rival gang members. Participation in criminal activity by a member, particularly in violent acts directed at rival gangs or as directed by gang leadership, increase the respect accorded to that member, resulting in that member maintaining or increasing his position in the gang, and opens the door to a promotion to a leadership position. One of the principal rules of MS-13 is that its members must attack and kill rivals, often referred to as “chavalas,” whenever possible.

According to his guilty plea, beginning sometime before January 2015, Guerra-Castillo was a member of the Fulton Locos Salvatruchas (“FLS”) clique of MS-13 and agreed with other MS-13 members to conduct and participate in gang activities through a pattern of racketeering activity that included conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, and drug distribution.

Specifically, on April 7, 2015, MS-13 members murdered Victim 1, a suspected rival gang member, for the purpose of maintaining and increasing rank in MS-13. Gang leadership in Maryland sought and received approval from Guerra-Castillo to kill Victim 1. Guerra-Castillo also arranged for another gang member to participate in the murder of Victim 1. As part of the scheme to murder Victim 1, MS-13 members lured Victim 1 to a wooded area in Frederick, Maryland where members repeatedly struck Victim 1 with a machete and a knife until he was dead. The day after the murder, MS-13 members buried Victim 1 in a wooded area where Victim 1’s body was ultimately recovered.

Prior to May 10, 2015, at the direction of Guerra- Castillo, MS-13 gang members forced Victim 2 to make regular extortion payments to the gang. On May 10, 2015, Guerra-Castillo directed other MS-13 members and associates to kidnap and kill Victim 2, who had stopped making the extortion payments to the gang. Gang members held Victim 2 at gunpoint while Victim 2 was forced into a vehicle and taken to a wooded area. Once Victim 2 agreed to pay the gang, Guerra-Castillo and other leadership approved the release of Victim 2, despite their original order directing MS-13 members to murder Victim 2 for lack of payment.

As stated in his plea agreement, in August 2015, MS-13 members and associates, planned and conspired to murder Victim 3, whom they believed to be a rival gang member. After identifying Victim 3, gang members sought and received approval from Guerra-Castillo to commit the murder. Several days prior to August 28, 2015, MS-13 gang members surveilled Victim 3 and his girlfriend, Victim 4 to determine when Victim 3 would be home. On the morning of August 28, 2015, gang members went to the apartment and waited inside for Victim 3 and Victim 4 to return. When they arrived, three gang members attacked Victim 3 and Victim 4 with a machete and knives. Although both survived, the attack on Victim 3 left the victim with severe wounds to the face and both hands nearly severed. As a result of the attack, Victim 3 has lost all functions of one hand and still has only limited use of the other.

On June 24, 2017, Guerra-Castillo’s girlfriend lured Victim 18 to a location so MS-13 members could kidnap and kill the victim. Once the victim was in the car, MS-13 members transported the victim to a secluded area in Crownsville, Maryland, where other MS-13 members had dug a grave and gathered weapons.

Guerra-Castillo also admitted that he approved and assisted in the planning of the murder of a suspected associate of a rival gang, identified as Victim 18. On June 24, 2017, Guerra-Castillo’s girlfriend lured Victim 18 to a location so MS-13 members could kidnap and kill the victim. Once the victim was in the car, MS-13 members transported the victim to a secluded area in Crownsville, Maryland, where other MS-13 members had dug a grave and gathered weapons. When the victim arrived, MS-13 gang members attacked Victim 18 with a machete and knives, until the victim was dead. Victim 18’s body was then dismembered and buried in the grave. The murder of Victim 18 was intended to maintain and increase the status of MS-13 and allow members to maintain or increase their status within the gang.

Guerra-Castillo and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Guerra-Castillo will be sentenced to between 390 and 540 months in federal prison. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar has scheduled sentencing for October 15, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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Karon Foster Pleads Guilty to Participating in a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy That Killed Three Victims in Carjacking and Armed Robbery Spree in Baltimore

Karon Foster Pleads Guilty to Participating in a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy That Killed Three Victims in Carjacking and Armed Robbery Spree in Baltimore

Foster Was Involved in Enterprise Crime Spree of Armed Carjackings and Robberies over Four Months in 2019, Resulting in the Death of Three Victims and Causing One Victim to be Paralyzed

Baltimore, Maryland – Karon Foster, 27, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty on July 19, 2021, to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, a carjacking conspiracy, and aiding and abetting a carjacking resulting in death.   

The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

According to his guilty plea, beginning in April 2019, Foster was part of an enterprise that engaged in a pattern of deadly racketeering activity, including a series of armed carjackings, armed robberies, attempted armed robberies, and the pawning of stolen goods. Specifically, between April 19, 2019, and August 8, 2019, Foster and his crew committed 13 specific violent crimes in Baltimore, including:

  • eight armed carjackings (including the June 12, 2019 murder of Taven Lowther);
  • and five armed robberies and attempted robberies,
  • including two in which victims were murdered.  

Three victims were murdered by Foster’s crew during the time of the conspiracy, and a fourth victim was paralyzed as a result of an armed robbery.  

Four months of violence will result in at least three decades in federal prison for Karon Foster

“Over just four months in 2019, Karon Foster and his crew were responsible for a violent spree of 13 armed carjackings and robberies throughout Baltimore, including three that killed innocent victims and another that left a victim paralyzed,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner.  “Foster and his co-conspirators used firearms and fear to steal cars, property, and most tragically the lives of other human beings.  This case reflects the collaboration and commitment of federal, state, and local law enforcement to hold accountable violent offenders like Foster and his co-conspirators.  Four months of violence will result in at least three decades in federal prison for Karon Foster; hopefully others like him will take notice and choose to put down the guns and take a different path.”

The plea agreement details a series of violent crimes committed by Foster and his co-conspirators, including one on June 12, 2019, when Victim 1 visited Taven Lowther’s Baltimore apartment. As Victim 1 conversed with Lowther, Foster and other members of the enterprise approached Lowther and Victim 1 in a stolen vehicle and parked directly across from them.  Four men exited the vehicle, two of whom possessed firearms.  Members of the enterprise approached Victim 1 and announced a robbery.  Victim 1 fled the scene on foot while Lowther resisted the robbers’ commands.  Lowther was shot several times and subsequently died from his injuries.  Victim 1 later returned to the scene and discovered that Victim 1’s car and Lowther’s body were both gone, and only Lowther’s shoes remained at the scene.  Foster aided and abetted the enterprise by driving the stolen vehicle to and from the scene of the attempted robbery and Lowther’s murder.

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Members of the conspiracy not only promoted their activities on social media, but also shared the proceeds of their exploits.  As part of the enterprise, Foster pawned items stolen from victims. Members also concealed enterprise activities by hiding, destroying, or disposing of evidence.

Tavon’s younger brother was murdered a few months later in another armed carjacking in Baltimore – yet the mindnumbingly stupid politicans are cutting the police budget.

Father lost two sons to murder involved carjackings in Baltimore

Foster and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Foster will be sentenced to between 30 years and 40 years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has not scheduled the sentencing hearing at this time.

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