Latin Kings gang leader sentenced to 23 years

Man to go to federal prison for racketeering

May 09, 2011|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A 26-year-old Hyattsville gang leader, who earlier pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison Monday for his role within the "Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation" gang — known as the Latin Kings — according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

Brandon Smith was involved in a gang-related shooting outside the Amazura Night Club in Queens, N.Y., January 2009, and he slashed a man's face two weeks later while holding him hostage, according to a statement of facts within his plea agreement, signed in February. He and other gang members also attacked a man in July 2009, stabbing him multiple times and beating him with a bat-shaped object, the statement said.

Seven co-defendants have also pleaded guilty in Maryland U.S. District Court, and an eighth person was convicted after a trial, according to federal prosecutors.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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