Two Murders Mean 23 Years For Baltimore Gang Member

BALTIMORE, MD — Two members of a violent Baltimore street gang pleaded guilty Friday, April 5, to racketeering charges involving the sale of cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, say federal authorities. One of the men also admitted to participating in a pair of murders.

The guilty pleas by Christopher Dukes, 27, and Marcus Johnson, 28, both of Baltimore, stem from their activities as members of the Hillside gang, which sold narcotics in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. As part of his plea deal with prosecutors, Dukes admitted to participating in two murders; two attempted murders, including of a law enforcement officer; and the distribution of narcotics.

Under the plea deal, Dukes would be sentenced to 23 years in federal prison, while Johnson would get between 12 and 17 years. U.S. District Judge George Russell III has scheduled sentencing for Dukes and Johnson on June 17.