OAKLAND, Calif. — Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds, along with FBI special agent Craig D. Fair, announced the conviction and sentencing of a 33-year-old man charged with stealing a car 40 minutes after his release from the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.
Rocky Lee Music, who last lived in Walnut Creek, plead guilty to carjacking and was sentenced to five years in federal prison at the same hearing on Tuesday. In his plea agreement, Music admitted to violently carjacking a Prius in April of 2020, punching the driver multiple times and driving off in the car as the man held on to the car by the driver’s-side door for several feet.
Music later attempted to steal another vehicle driven by a woman near the San Ramon Public Library, according to court records. The woman promptly drove off, and Music was arrested the same day in San Ramon. He’s been held in custody since his arrest.
On June 16, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted Music on one count of carjacking in violation of in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2119(1).
Music’s attorney told the court he was high on drugs at the time of the arrest, and that his struggle with addiction was a root cause of his criminal behavior. Music challenged the prosecutor’s assertion that he intended to cause death or great bodily injury while stealing the car, saying in court “I may have punched him once and threw him out, I didn’t beat on him though.” He later added, “I just wanna take this little five years and move on.”
Before he was sentenced, Music spoke before the court professing his regret and guilt. He expressed shame for having let his family down, and offered his “deepest apologies” to the victims.
“I can say I’m finally proud to put the past behind me and move forward,” he said.
In addition to his five-year prison term, Judge Gonzales Rogers sentenced Music to three years of supervised release. He is scheduled to begin serving his time immediately.
Music’s case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan U. Lee, Kay Konopaske, and Kathleen Turner. Music’s charges in federal court are the result of a joint investigation by the FBI, the Dublin Police Department, and the San Ramon Police Department.