Gang ‘field mar­shal’ sen­tenced to two years

Judge cites ‘mercy’ for woman, who has cancer

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Jes­sica An­der­son jkan­der­son@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jan­ders5

A woman who helped over­see oper­a­tions for the Black Guer­rilla Fam­ily gang is headed to fed­eral prison.

On Fri­day, U.S. Dis­trict Judge James K. Bredar sen­tenced Kim­berly McIntosh, 47, to two years in prison, cit­ing “an el­e­ment of mercy” for the woman, who has Stage 3 breast cancer. She has been re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy treat­ments since April and is sched­uled to have a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.

McIntosh was first in­dicted in 2010 in con­nec­tion with her ac­tiv­i­ties for the Black Guer­rilla Fam­ily. That in­dict­ment re­vealed the scope of the gang’s in­flu­ence in the city. It came three years be­fore a sweep­ing in­dict­ment charged nu­mer­ous gang mem­bers and cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers at the Balti- more City De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

McIntosh, who worked at a West Bal­ti­more health care cen­ter, served as a “field mar­shal” who en­forced gang dis­ci­pline, helped over­see drug traf­fick­ing and hosted meet­ings of high-rank­ing mem­bers at her home, where they dis­cussed drug deal­ing, rob­beries and re­tal­i­a­tion against ri­vals, ac­cord­ing court doc­u­ments.

She pleaded guilty in 2011 to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the af­fairs of a rack­e­teer­ing en­ter­prise, and in 2014 was re­leased from prison and be­gan a term of su­per­vised re­lease. In June 2015, the fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons in­ves­tiga­tive unit con­tacted McIntosh’s pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer af­ter it learned she had sent more than $4,000 to 36 in­mates, in­clud­ing sev­eral of the co-de­fen­dants from her BGF case, the Mary­land U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said.

On Oct. 20, 2015, po­lice searched McIntosh’s home, be­liev­ing she was still in­volved in BGF oper­a­tions, and found 11 grams of heroin, pack­aged for street-level sale, in her bed­room, au­thor­i­ties said.

She was charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute heroin while on su­per­vised re­lease; she pleaded guilty in Jan­uary.

On Fri­day, McIntosh ap­peared in court wear­ing a light-blue prison uni­form and a white cloth around her head. She said she did not in­tend to act on be­half of the gang but was merely help­ing fam­i­lies of those in prison send money be­cause she was fa­mil­iar with the sys­tem. She said she was un­aware she was vi­o­lat­ing the terms of her re­lease by com­mu­ni­cat­ing with in­di­vid­u­als whom she knew out­side of the gang.

McIntosh said she re­mained in con­tact with one man iden­ti­fied by au­thor­i­ties as a BGF mem­ber be­cause she was god­mother to his son. An­other mem­ber of the gang, she said, had added her to his visi­ta­tion list at a prison fa­cil­ity, which she said she did not ini­ti­ate. An­other man was the fa­ther of her youngest son, she said.

“I re­ally have learned my les­son,” McIn- tosh told the judge. She spoke of the “cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment” she has en­dured be­ing treated in a prison med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. As a re­sult of her cancer treat­ment, she is housed by her­self in a win­dow­less room 23 hours a day, she told the judge. “Please al­low me to go home.”

She also spoke about missed time with her fam­ily. She had missed her daugh­ter’s wed­ding and will miss her youngest son’s first day of prekinder­garten, she said.

The judge ex­pressed con­cern that McIntosh con­tin­ues to com­mu­ni­cate with known gang mem­bers. He said break­ing up com­mu­ni­ca­tion among mem­bers is im­por­tant to stop­ping the gang, and said the court must con­sider de­ter­rence.

Af­ter her sen­tence was read, McIntosh wiped tears from her eyes. She turned back to­ward her el­dest son and mouthed to him, “I’m sorry.”

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