Two years after authorities stood in an East Baltimore park and said they had launched a massive strike to “cut out the heart” of the violent Black Guerrilla Family gang, they have little to show for it.
Thirteen of the 48 defendants charged in November 2013 went free, with a jury finding the reputed leader of the gang, Gerald Johnson, not guilty of all charges.
Of those convicted, only three received a sentence of more than five years. Most of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
David Hunter received the stiffest sentence, getting two life terms plus 40 years following two trials. Two other men, Wesley Brown and Montell Harvey, received sentences of 10 and eight years, respectively.
The average sentence for those convicted and sentenced besides Hunter: two-and-a-half years.
Prosecutors have noted that several of those who pleaded guilty to the charge of being a gang member agreed to onerous probation terms, requiring them to stay away from other members or face prison time.
Three defendants are still awaiting a trial, and one has yet to be apprehended, according to court records.
Source: Court records, staff reports
Development by Jin Kim