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Date: Feb 2019

Maryland's US Attorney, Top FBI Agent Talk About Efforts Against Gang Violence

Maryland's top federal prosecutor and the FBI special agent in charge came in studio to talk to C4 about their fight against violence.

They spoke on the eve of sentencing for Montana Barronette, who played a key role in a violent Baltimore drug gang called Trained To Go. He was one of eight convicted in October and faces up to life in prison for racketeering and drug conspiracy.

"They were resp for so much violence and so much drug dealing in the Sandtown neighborhood," Hur said. "This is the kind of prosecution where we really go after people who are moving the needle on violence."

Hur also talked about Gov. Larry Hogan's commitment of Maryland State Police resources to his office's strike team, and the importance of cooperative efforts more generally.

Convicted West Baltimore gang leader, dubbed city's 'No. 1 trigger puller,' sentenced to life in prison

Recruited to sell drugs at age 13, Montana Barronette headed a well-known violent gang in West Baltimore by 21 and was dubbed by police as the city’s “No.1 trigger puller.”

On Friday, just shy of his 24th birthday, the former leader of the “Trained to Go” gang was sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Romano described Barronette as a “killer without a conscience” who smiled as jurors convicted him last year. Barronette’s attorney, Michael Lawlor, argued for a 60-year sentence, saying his client was destined to fail given the desperate circumstances he faced as a child growing up in a violent city with little support.

Suspected MS-13 member pleads guilty to sex abuse of 2-year-old, stabbings

WOODBURY - A suspected MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl and stabbing two women – all on the same night.

In March 2017, Tommy Alvarado-Ventura was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting and beating a 2-year-old girl and stabbing two different women in Hempstead. The Nassau police commissioner at the time called it "probably the most heinous criminal act I've ever seen."

Alvardao-Ventura pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder, assault and sex assault. Police have said Alvarado-Ventura is a member of MS-13 who is in the U.S. illegally and was previously deported four times.

Progress Made Dismantling Violent Gang Networks, Multiple Arrests

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) model has achieved record arrest rates and successfully targeted violent gangs and drug trafficking organizations statewide during the month of January. These results were identified as a direct result of the MCIN model, funded by the Hogan Administration through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Announced by Governor Hogan on December 15, 2017, MCIN is a criminal justice strategy, coordinated at the local, state, and federal levels targeting gangs, drug, firearms, and human trafficking.

“The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is an integral part of Governor Hogan’s comprehensive strategy to work across jurisdictions to dismantle criminal organizations, remain ahead of potential threats, and to keep our state and citizens safe,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “The success for this effort is a direct result of the strong collaboration among federal, state and local partners.”

Suspected MS-13 Member Charged With Murder In Subway Shooting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A suspected gang member was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in connection to a deadly shooting on a subway platform.

Ramiro Gutierrez, 26, was also charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said he is a member of the MS-13 gang and has been arrested before.

“We have had a number of incidents involving MS-13 in recent months,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “They are suspected in a number of troubling incidents in Queens in the last year or two.”

Hagerstown Cease Pain movement calls for 72 hours of peace

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Cease pain weekend began Friday at midnight.

For the next 72 hours, this movement is encouraging everyone to take the peace challenge.

Hagerstown Cease Pain is a sister movement of Baltimore Cease Fire, which is an effort to stop violence for an entire weekend.

In Hagerstown, the emphasis is on those suffering from addiction to seek help and those in gangs to seek mentors.

Citizens are also encouraged to support small businesses, to eat dinner with family instead of in front of the tv, to refrain from misconduct on social media and to show love in the community.

MS-13 Members Plead Guilty To Using Facebook To Kidnap And Murder Victim

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The last of three gang members from MS-13 plead guilty Friday to using Facebook to lure a victim to Maryland where he was drowned and then stabbed repeatedly with a machete.

Court papers showed that 23-year-old Reynaldo “Fuego” Granados-Vasquez, 22-year-old Neris Moreno-Martinez, and 21-year-old Jose “Liar” Melendez-Rivera kidnapped and murdered Jordy Mejia, whom they believed to be a member of a rival gang.

According to their plea agreements, the three defendants were a part of the L.A. clique of MS-13. All three were citizens of El Salvador and unlawfully present in the United States.

Moreno-Martinez told Melendez-Rivera that Mejia was a part of the rival “18th Street Gang” during the summer of 2016. There is no evidence that Mejia was actually a member of any gang.

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