BGF leader, three mem­bers re­ceive lengthy sen­tences

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION -

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.

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