Two get U.S. prison time

October 06, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

An armed career criminal and a gang member charged in separate cases as part of the federal anti-gun program known as Exile were sentenced to federal prison this week.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Donta Tyrone Gillie, 26, of Baltimore yesterday to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The judge enhanced Gillie's prison time because the defendant was an "armed career criminal," a legal category based on at least three prior felony narcotics convictions, according to prosecutors.

In a separate case Thursday, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced 19-year-old Darrelle Bunch, a Baltimore member of the Bloods gang, to five years in prison after Bunch pleaded guilty to use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime. The judge imposed the same sentence last month on his brother, Michael Bunch, 20, for the same charges.

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