Allen Gill Pleads Guilty During trial to three murders and drug conspiracy charges - 40 year sentence expected

Defendant Joins “Growing List of Violent Baltimore Criminals Exiled to Federal Prison”

June 27, 2008

BALTIMORE, Maryland - After four days of trial, Allen Gill, age 28, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to three counts of using a gun to commit murder in aid of racketeering and one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“Allen Gill has committed his last murder on the streets of Baltimore, because he has joined the growing list of violent Baltimore criminals exiled to federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

“ATF and our law enforcement partners are committed to making the streets of Baltimore safer for our citizens and our children,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Gregory K. Gant, “and today we believe we have made a significant impact in our communities.”

According to the statement of facts presented with his guilty plea, from 1999 to April 2007, Gill was a member of the Latrobe Organization, a drug and firearms organization, which operated in Latrobe Homes in East Baltimore. He conspired to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, five kilograms of cocaine and more than a kilogram of heroin. Gill and other members of the Latrobe Organization promoted a climate of fear in Baltimore area neighborhoods through violence and threats of violence.

On November 15, 1999, Gill attempted to rob Stewart Staggs of his drug money. Staggs refused to give him the money and Gill shot and killed him in the 900 block of Webb Court, right outside of Latrobe Homes.

On April 9, 2003, Gill and co-defendant Harry Burton robbed drug supplier Ramon Santana of his heroin. Santana was shot and killed in the course of the robbery. Gill and Burton told other people about this murder and asked people to assist them in selling the stolen drugs.

Harry Burton was shot on June 7, 2003. Burton believed that Valencia Jones, a woman he was dating at the time, had set him up for the shooting and ordered her murder. On June 20, 2003, Gill shot and killed Valencia Jones, based upon Burton’s request.

Gill faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for each of the three counts of using a gun to commit murder in aid of racketeering and for one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin. As part of the plea agreement, the government and the defendant have agreed that 40 years in prison is an appropriate sentence in this case. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for September 19, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Gill remains in federal custody.

Co-defendant Harry Burton, age 28, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty on June 23, 2008 to the same charges and is expected to be sentenced to 60 years in prison at his sentencing on September 28, 2008.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baltimore City Police Department for their investigative work performed in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kwame J. Manley and Robert R. Harding, who are prosecuting the case.



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