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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
Christian Gettis says he doesn't know why men rushed into his Northeast Baltimore home in late 2010, tied up his wife and shot him multiple times. Federal prosecutors said Friday they suspect it probably had something to do with his heroin ring. According to his attorney, Gettis, 39, was mentoring young people and working at the West Baltimore clothing store Samos while shielding those close to him — including his wife and a son in college — from the knowledge that he was dealing drugs.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2012
A 21-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 55 years in prison — with another 30 years suspended — for shooting a convicted drug dealer and terrorizing the man's family in 2010 during an armed robbery in a Park Heights home, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said Thursday. Donte Gladden was convicted of attempted murder, assault, robbery, false imprisonment and gun crimes in October. He and at least one accomplice forced their way into Kevin Hall's home in the 3200 block of Spaulding Ave. in April 2010, looking for drugs and money, according to police records.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
For more than a year, authorities believe, Steven "J.R. " Blackwell Jr. was at the center of a street war with a rival faction that saw as many as two dozen people shot across Baltimore. In an empty federal courtroom Wednesday, the 27-year-old Blackwell, never previously convicted of a crime, pleaded guilty to overseeing a multimillion-dollar heroin conspiracy and laundering the proceeds through gambling winnings in Las Vegas and state lottery tickets. Though the charges were devoid of accusations of violence, court records have linked Blackwell to a wave of shootings and killings touched off by the April 2008 abduction of his then-teenage brothers.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2011
A 31-year-old Baltimore drug dealer, who murdered an FBI informant in south Baltimore's Westport neighborhood in 2009, was sentenced Wednesday to four life terms in federal prison, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Antonio "Mack" Hall was convicted in August of killing Kareem Kelly Guest, who told investigators that Hall liked to "bang the gun" and was connected to several drug-related Baltimore killings. Jurors also found Hall guilty of weapons violations and a seven-year conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
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Dan Rodricks | October 9, 2011
It got to the point where the governor of Maryland would anticipate Melvin Bilal's words whenever he saw him. "I know what you're going to say," Martin O'Malley declared each time Mr. Bilal approached him at various public functions over the last five years. "Tarif Abdullah. " Mr. Bilal is a politically savvy Catonsville-based attorney. For several years, he's handled daunting post-conviction matters for men and women serving life sentences in Maryland prisons, including Tarif Abdullah.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
A 31-year-old Baltimore drug dealer was sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison Wednesday for heroin possession with the intent to distribute, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Officers observed Darius Gaskins dealing heroin in October on the corner of South Smallwood and Christian streets, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty earlier this year. His sentence was enhanced because of two prior convictions, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. tricia.bishop@baltsun.com
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
A 40-year-old Baltimore man who crashed his Acura into an elderly driver's car while fleeing police last year was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for dealing heroin after drugs were discovered in his abandoned car. Umar Burley also pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court this month to vehicular manslaughter in connection with the Northwest Baltimore crash, which killed 86-year-old Elbert Davis, the father of a police officer....
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
A federal court judge ruled Thursday that Baltimore Police Officer Daniel Redd, who was indicted last month on drug conspiracy and firearms charges, can be released from detention pending trial despite having confessed to investigators. He could be released as soon as Friday to his mother's custody under electronic home monitoring and can't leave the house except for doctor's appointments and court-related meetings. The order will be stayed, however, so Assistant U.S. Attorney James Wallner can seek an appeal Friday.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2011
Umar Burley was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday by a city circuit court judge after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in April 2010, when he slammed his Acura into an elderly man's car while fleeing police, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office said. Officers also discovered heroin in Burley's car after the crash, and he was charged in federal court with drug dealing. He pleaded guilty in that case in June and is expected to receive a 15-year prison term at his September sentencing.
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