Three gang members sentenced to life for murder

Defendants were in Black Guerilla Family

January 18, 2012|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Three members of the Black Guerilla Family gang were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the 2009 robbery, kidnapping and murder of Qonta Waddell, a convicted drug dealer who was hogtied and removed, screaming, from his mother's home in Southwest Baltimore as she watched.

Peter "Petey" Miller, Derrell "Snags" Johnson and William "Jim Dog" Rhodes were each convicted of conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, robbery and weapons crimes. Miller, 20, was sentenced to life plus 60 years. Johnson, 30, was sentenced to life plus 30 years, and Rhodes, 26, was sentenced to life plus 65 years.

According to prosecutors, Waddell, 24, was abducted on April 21, 2009, from his grandfather's home, beaten and forced to hand over house keys and the combination to a safe. The robbers then stole $30,000 from the home and demanded more. Waddell led them to his mother's house, but couldn't get more cash and then was dragged from the home.

"The victim made repeated statements to his mother that the suspects were going to kill him while holding onto his mother's legs for dear life," Baltimore Detective Dawnyell Taylor wrote in police charging documents.

Another participant, Aaron Jerome Davis, 26, also was convicted in the case and is scheduled to be sentenced this month. Charges were dropped against Sherman Anderson, 34, who was originally charged in the crime.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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