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December 10, 2009

Bloods leader killed; police fear reprisals

A 20-year-old shot to death in an East Baltimore grocery store last week was a leader of an offshoot of the Bloods gang targeted in a federal indictment last year, and police are bracing for possible reprisals, multiple law enforcement sources tell The Baltimore Sun.

Corey Jones, who court records show lived in the 400 block of N. Glover St., was found on the floor of the A&A grocery store in the 2700 block of Orleans St. on Saturday evening, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Jones had a long criminal record, with drug and handgun convictions.

Sources said Jones was a five-star general in the Tree Top Piru gang. Federal prosecutors charged 28 people in February 2008 with participating in the gang, describing it as not necessarily among the city’s largest or most profitable drug organizations, but one of its most vicious. Members gained entry only by committing a violent crime first.

Among them was Kevin Gary, who was known for his red-tinted contact lenses and appeared on the front page of The Baltimore Sun. He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in March.

Jones was most recently convicted in May 2009 on two counts of drug distribution charges, receiving nine months in prison. In April 2007, he pleaded guilty to a firearm charge and received a five-year prison sentence, with four years and nine months suspended, and five years supervised probation. He was three times charged with violating his probation.

In February 2006, at age 17, he was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old in a drug dispute; the charges were dropped one month later.

Posted by Justin Fenton at 12:52 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Breaking news, East Baltimore, Gangs
        

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So how does one get a 5 year handgun sentenced reduced to 3 months? Was that a felony? I guess it's not mandatory. Wasn't that the point? Or have I missed the point entirely?

So let the gang members kill each other off and save the cops time and trouble! Only problem is usually innocent people are in the way...

So how did he only get 9 months for drug distribution...our judical system needs changes if a person has this type of record and doesn't recieved the time for the crime

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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