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May 26, 2011

Reputed Dead Man Inc. gang leader faces life without parole

Anne Arundel County prosecutors will seek life in prison without parole for Perry Roark, a reputed founder and leader of the violent prison gang Dead Man Inc., who was recently charged with first-degree murder in the 1994 death of another prisoner, The Sun's Andrea Siegel reports.

Roark, 42, a muscular man with a long ponytail, was notified Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit court during a hearing to set his trial date, of the possibility that he will never be freed. A trial was scheduled to start March 26, 2012, and is expected to take two weeks.

“We look forward to a fair and speedy trial and the vindication of our client,” said Assistant Public Defender Michael Morrissette.

Roark was to have been released from 25 years in prison several months ago, worrying law enforcement officials, who blocked his freedom with the murder charges. DMI has spread outside Maryland prisons in the Baltimore area as well as outside the state. Dissension among the mostly white membership led to permitting members to exit in April 2009 without penalty.

Before his expected release from prison several months ago, Roark was indicted in the beating death of inmate George Hartman, who was officials say was fatally beaten in the now-closed Maryland House of Correction.

Posted by Justin Fenton at 2:07 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Anne Arundel County, Gangs, Prisons


This has me scratching my head. The man either robs or burglarizes a lumberyard, I can't remember, then gets a prison sentence. In order to stay safe while in prison and not have to join a white supremest gang, he starts his own less stringent white gang. Somewhere along the way he either murders somebody or the judicial system thinks he's responsible for the murder. Perhaps he did it, perhaps he didn't but it does seem like the judicial system doesn't provide a safe environment for inmates. When do we examine the system's culpability and how many more prisoners will die?

Let Big man go! Damn if u wanted to prosecute him for that murder u should have done it back then. He acted in self defense! Fomf

Rock was the fairest, neatest, fellow inmate ever. I was his cell buddie for a few years and you could never know a more stand up person. He's doing what he has to do in a system created by the State. I know he didn't do what they are trying to pin on him and this entire situation was created to keep him incarcerated. The State did the same thing to me but got caught. Good Luck Rock! The Bitches are not fair, but God is. Yours Bull Spyder.

The whole case you fools put on the D is bullshit. As a white inmate we have no choice but to roll. The system creates us and turns us into animals. DMI made me the man I am and I will never turn my back on my comrads, not even if it's punishable by death. Rock I pray for you saho. Fomf.

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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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