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.