Gang leader sentenced to 25 years BALTIMORE CITY

February 02, 1993|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

A man described as one of the leaders of the McCabe Avenue Boys, a drug ring said to have carried out a fatal drive-by shooting last August as part of a feud with a rival gang, was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison with no chance for parole for his third drug conviction, prosecutors said.

Eric Brown's sentencing under the state's three-time-loser law for drug offenders came less than two months before he is to stand trial for murder in the Aug. 23 shooting in the 4000 block of Old York Road.

That shooting, which left two dead and six wounded, is believed to have stemmed from a feud between the McCabe Avenue gang and its rival, the Old York Boys.

The gangs, from neighboring North Baltimore communities, have feuded off and on for decades, according to police. The feud became more violent than ever last summer, when it apparently spawned at least three shootings.

In the drive-by shooting, assailants in a van fired at least 30 rounds from semiautomatic weapons and a shotgun, police said. Brown is one of five men charged in that incident.

Prosecutors said the McCabe gang has terrorized its Govans neighborhood for years by using violence, and also has used children in drug trafficking.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Roger W. Brown sentenced Eric Brown yesterday on an October 1992 conviction of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, prosecutors said. Eric Brown was arrested by police officers who, while on a stakeout, saw him deliver $20,000 worth of heroin to 29-year-old Eugene Balin, according to prosecutor Martin Clarke.

Balin, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended for his role in the drug deal, and Brown were described by prosecutors as the leaders of the McCabe Avenue gang.

Brown had previously served two 18-month sentences for selling cocaine, prosecutors said. His murder trial is set to begin March 29.

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