BGF leader, three members receive lengthy sentences
A leader of the Black Guerrilla Family gang has been sentenced to life in prison, and three subordinate gang members have received sentences of 27, 18 and 17 years, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. Gang leader Mark Bazemore, 31, of Baltimore was sentenced to life Monday for racketeering, conspiring to commit murder and attempted murder, prosecutors said. Irvin Vincent, 28, of Hanover was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years for racketeering, drug conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Michael Smith Jr., 30, of Baltimore was sentenced Monday to 27 years for racketeering and drug conspiracy. Timothy Hurtt, 45, of Baltimore County was sentenced Monday to 17 years for racketeering, drug conspiracy, and carrying a gun for a violent crime and for drug trafficking. The men distributed heroin in Baltimore and collected dues from other gang members dealing drugs in open-air shops near Pratt and Payson Streets in Carrollton Ridge, prosecutors said.