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May 15, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GIRLFRIEND OF TTP BLOODS LEADER SENTENCED
FOR RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Sherry Brockington, age 24, of Baltimore, today to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to conduct and participate in the activities of a racketeering enterprise known as the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods), announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.
According to her plea agreement, TTP Bloods originated from a street gang known as “the Bloods” that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. TTP spread throughout the country, including Maryland. TTP in Maryland has its roots in a local gang which began in the Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown, Maryland in about 1999. TTP spread throughout Maryland mostly as a result of recruitment from inside Maryland prisons. Over time, a group of female gang members formed a subset of TTP known as the Tree Top Pirettes.
Brockington was a member of the TTP Bloods and the girlfriend of Kevin Gary, the leader of the TTP Bloods. As part of the racketeering conspiracy, Brockington distributed crack cocaine and other drugs, and collected drug proceeds on behalf of the TTP Bloods. On August 31, 2007 Brockington asked Gary for a gun and Gary said he would obtain one for her. In November 2007, Gary offered to beat up another individual who, according to Brockington, had taken her money. In response, Brockington told Gary to “cut him.”
This case is the result of a long-term joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office. Twenty-five additional gang members have been charged in the racketeering conspiracy. Kevin Gary, age 27, Steve Willock, age 29, Van Sneed, age 32, and Tracey Whiting, age 24, all of Baltimore, Maryland; Shaneka Penix, age 23, of Dundalk, Maryland; and Orlando Gilyard, age 22, of Woodlawn, Maryland; pleaded guilty to the RICO conspiracy. Gary was sentenced to 30 years in prison, Willock was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Gilyard was sentenced to 115 months in prison, Penix was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Whiting was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Allen Smith, 29, and Sean Frazier, 25, have also pled to the RICO conspiracy count and are awaiting sentencing. Antonio Smith, age 26, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and is awaiting sentencing The remaining defendants’ charges are pending.
Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy gave special thanks to Secretary Gary Maynard of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the officers at the Western and North Branch Correctional Institutions for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
United States Attorney Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Jessamy praised the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Office, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Narcotics Task Force, Anne Arundel County Police Department, and the Hagerstown Police Department for their investigation of this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.
Mr. Rosenstein and Mrs. Jessamy also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Weinstein, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney, who are prosecuting the case and Assistant State’s Attorney LaRai Forrest who assisted in the prosecution.