‘Mr. Big’ gets state prison sen­tence

‘Felony Lane Gang’ mem­ber also or­dered to pay thou­sands of dol­lars in resti­tu­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

The Florida man said to be one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the East Coast “Felony Lane Gang” who led lo­cal and state po­lice on a high-speed high­way car chase has been sen­tenced in the case and or­dered to pay thou­sands of dol­lars in resti­tu­tion to eight vic­tims and the Tredyf­frin Po­lice De­part­ment.

On Wed­nes­day, de­fen­dant Jerome Bran­don Glin­ton of Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, ap­peared be­fore Com­mon Pleas Judge Wil­liam P. Ma­hon to en­ter guilty pleas to two counts of felony iden­tity theft and one count of con­spir­acy. Ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney, Scott Kramer of Me­dia, Glin­ton was sen­tenced to three to eight years in state prison and three years con­sec­u­tive pro­ba­tion, as part of a plea agree­ment with the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Glin­ton, 25, was or­dered to pay $8,775 in resti­tu­tion for items that were stolen from cars in the county be­fore the chase started.

Ac­cord­ing to a list of the vic­tims, the items in­cluded jew­elry, credit cards, phones, purses, cash, gift cards, wal­lets, and makeup. The named vic­tims were all women from across east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia in places like Down­ing­town, Glen­moore, North Wales, Wern­ersville, and Langhorne.

In ad­di­tion, Glin­ton was or­dered to pay $3,308 to the Tredyf­frin Po­lice De­part­ment for dam­ages to ve­hi­cles that were in­volved in the chase on Route 202 and I-76 into Philadel­phia.

Glin­ton had been held with­out bail in Ch­ester County Prison af­ter his ar­rest in March. He had been charged with 130 counts of iden­tity theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, ac­cess de­vice fraud, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing another per­son, and con­spir­acy.

Ma­hon had ear­lier re­voked Glin­ton’s bail be­cause of the pos­si­bil­ity that he might be one of the top mem­bers of the loosely or­ga­nized gang that tar­gets fe­male shop­pers at mall and re­tail cen­ter park­ing lots along the East Coast. They steal their purses or hand­bags, us­ing credit cards and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to cash checks at drive-through banks — us­ing the “felony lane” to make their get­away.

All of those ar­rested in the case have now been sen­tenced. Keenon Sey­mour, another of the lead­ers of the gang, pleaded guilty on Mon­day and was sen­tenced to 18 months to 48 months in state prison.

The other de­fen­dants in­cluded Sherry Howard, 48, of Bal­ti­more, Mary­land; Ash­ley Hamm, 22, of

Fort Laud­erdale, Florida; Heather Miller, 29, of Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, Keenon Sey­mour, 18, of Fort Laud­erdale, Florida; Jeremy Espen­shade, 28, of Bal­ti­more, Mary­land; and Jeremy Evans, 40, of Bal­ti­more, Mary­land. All are cur­rently be­ing held in lieu of bail in Ch­ester County Prison.

The re­main­der all re­ceived lesser sen­tences in county prison, ex­cept Hamm, who was sen­tenced to two to six years in state prison in Au­gust.

As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney An­drew Davis, who led the pros­e­cu­tion, again re­cited the facts that brought the of­fend­ers to court.

Events lead­ing to these al­leged gang mem­bers’ ar­rest be­gan shortly af­ter 1:30 p.m. on March 1. Tredyf­frin po­lice re­ceived re­ports from two off-duty fire­fight­ers eat­ing lunch at Wendy’s on Swedes­ford Road near the Val­ley Forge Shop­ping Cen­ter.

The fire­fight­ers re­ported what they be­lieved to be sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place near a Dodge Voy­ager parked nearby, po­lice said.

When po­lice ar­rived, three men stand­ing around the ve­hi­cle fled. Po­lice chased and ap­pre­hended all three suspects. Another ve­hi­cle, a large Chevy SUV with four suspects in­side, in­clud­ing Glin­ton, at­tempted to flee and clipped another

in­com­ing po­lice cruiser.

Tredyf­frin po­lice im­me­di­ately gave chase. They no­ti­fied state po­lice, who also gave as­sis­tance.

The suspects fled on 202 north then I-76 east, head­ing to­ward Philadel­phia. On I-76 east ap­proach­ing the Bel­mont Av­enue exit,

the suspects crashed into a state po­lice car and im­me­di­ately tried to flee. All four were taken into cus­tody; one threw what po­lice be­lieve to be a weapon into the wa­ter.

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