Cam­bridge man in­dicted for mur­der of woman, child

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CAM­BRIDGE — A Cam­bridge man faces a mur­der trial af­ter a fed­eral grand jury in­dicted him on charges of mur­der­ing a woman and her child dur­ing a drug-re­lated rob­bery in 2015.

A fed­eral grand jury on Sept. 23 re­turned a su­per­sed­ing in­dict­ment charg­ing An­dre Ri­cardo Briscoe, “Poo,” 37, of Bal­ti­more and Cam­bridge, with fed­eral drug dis­tri­bu­tion charges, use of a firearm to com­mit mur­der in re­la­tion to drug traf­fick­ing crimes, killing a wit­ness to pre­vent com­mu­ni­ca­tion with law en­force­ment, and be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, from March through

Oc­to­ber 2015, Briscoe al­legedly con­spired with oth­ers to dis­trib­ute heroin. The in­dict­ment al­leges that on May 27, 2015, in con­nec­tion with his drug dis­tri­bu­tion, Briscoe al­legedly com­mit­ted an armed rob­bery and dur­ing the course of the rob­bery in the Up­land Heights area of Bal­ti­more shot and killed Jen­nifer Jef­frey and Jef­frey’s 7-yearold son. The in­dict­ment also al­leges that Briscoe shot the child mul­ti­ple times, in­clud­ing in the head and mouth, killing the child to pre­vent him from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with law en­force­ment.

The su­per­sed­ing in­dict­ment was an­nounced by United States At­tor­ney for the Dis­trict of Mary­land Robert K. Hur; Spe­cial Agent in Charge Ti­mothy Jones of the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives, Spe­cial Agent in Charge Jen­nifer C. Boone of the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Com­mis­sioner Michael Har­ri­son of the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment, and Chief Mark Lewis of the Cam­bridge Po­lice Depart­ment.

Hur stated, “These mur­ders are shock­ing and un­con­scionable. This in­dict­ment should make one thing crys­tal clear: If you touch a wit­ness, es­pe­cially a child, the full weight of fed­eral law en­force­ment will be har­nessed to find you and bring you to jus­tice. And we will not stop in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­til we bring to jus­tice any­one else who was in­volved.”

If con­victed of the mur­ders, Briscoe faces a pos­si­ble sen­tence of death or life in prison. Briscoe also faces death or a manda­tory sen­tence of life in prison if con­victed of the wit­ness tam­per­ing mur­der, a manda­tory min­i­mum of five years and a max­i­mum of 20 years for the con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and for pos­ses­sion with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute 100 grams or more of heroin, and a max­i­mum of 10 years for be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

“Jen­nifer Jef­frey and her child should still be here to­day, liv­ing full lives and mak­ing plans for that child’s bright future. In­stead, their lives and fu­tures were bru­tally stolen,” said Jones. “ATF and our part­ners will do ev­ery­thing in our power to bring mur­der­ers and vi­o­lent of­fend­ers to jus­tice, along with any­one who harms and in­tim­i­dates wit­nesses. We want to see fam­i­lies find peace, com­mu­ni­ties be­come safer, and cit­i­zens and wit­nesses live with­out fear.”

Briscoe re­mains in fed­eral cus­tody on his pre­vi­ous in­dict­ment and is ex­pected to have an ini­tial ap­pear­ance on the new charges in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Bal­ti­more.

“A 7-year-old child should be play­ing with friends and dream­ing about the future, not dy­ing in a heinous act of vi­o­lence,” said Boone. “Vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion of wit­nesses will not be tol­er­ated. Let this in­dict­ment send a clear mes­sage; if any­one at­tempts to tam­per with the jus­tice sys­tem, they will be caught and held ac­count­able.”

Hur com­mended the ATF, the FBI, the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment, and the Cam­bridge Po­lice Depart­ment for their work in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

JEN­NIFER C. BOONE

ROBERT K. HUR

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