Leader of Old York Money Gang Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison and Gang Member Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Charges Related to Their Gang Activities, Including Racketeering Murder, Drug Conspiracy, Drug Dealing, and Gun Crimes
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III today sentenced Trevon Beasley, a/k/a Tre, age 25, of Baltimore, to life in federal prison and on March 28, 2019, sentenced Darrin Mosley, a/k/a Legs and Scoop, age 25, also of Baltimore, to 30 years in federal prison, each followed by five years of supervised release.
Beasley was convicted after a 12-day jury trial on federal racketeering charges, including murders he committed, related to his membership in the Old York Money Gang (OYMG); a federal drug distribution conspiracy; conspiracy to use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime; and eight counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and/or heroin.
Just prior to trial, Mosley pleaded guilty to the racketeering and drug conspiracies, and to conspiracy to use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime. While Mosley did not admit to any violent acts committed by himself or other gang members, the sentencing Court held that the evidence – including evidence presented by the government at Beasley’s trial, court documents, and other evidence – proved that as part of his gang activities, Mosley participated in and knew about murders committed by OYMG gang members.
The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.
“OYMG gang members and other violent drug dealers must know that gun crime will lead to federal time, which has no parole – ever,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “I hope the community will take some comfort from the fact that we are holding accountable the criminals who turned their Northeast Baltimore neighborhood into a war zone.”
“This gang used firearms to defend and expand their drug territory, committing numerous violent crimes in pursuit of that goal,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada. “Fear of being caught in the crossfire of a gang turf war is a terrible reality that affects too many in Baltimore. ATF is determined to identify, investigate, and incarcerate this city’s most vicious criminals so that neighborhoods can be free of violence.”
According to the evidence presented at Beasley’s trial, Mosley’s plea agreement, and other court documents, from January 2013 to April 2017, Beasley and Mosley were members of the OYMG, a violent drug trafficking organization operating in the Waverly neighborhood in the northeastern district of Baltimore. OYMG was involved in criminal activity including murder, robbery, extortion, burglary, and narcotics trafficking in and around Baltimore.
OYMG is a neighborhood gang, limiting its membership to persons that originate from or live in the Waverly neighborhood, and generally excluding “outsiders.” The gang extensively and frequently endorsed and promoted its existence through social media accounts and rap music videos, whereby members would display their association and advertise membership and activities of the gang. OYMG sustained itself in part through drug sales, including crack cocaine, as well as through murder for hire and other violent crimes.
The evidence elicited at trial showed that Trevon Beasley occupied a leadership role in the gang, which obtained its revenue from murder for hire and drug distribution. Mosley admitted that he distributed marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin and was heard on recorded jail calls discussing the distribution and supply of crack cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana.
Witnesses at trial testified that OYMG accepted money for contract killings as part of its business, and that Beasley specifically accepted and executed the contract murder of Tyrone Servance on November 15, 2016. Further, witnesses testified that Mosley drove Beasley to and from the murder. Recorded jail calls between Beasley and Mosley discuss the fallout from that contract killing. Witnesses testified that after the homicide, associates of the victim engaged in a war with OYMG over the next weeks.
This culminated in two additional attempted murder of two other people on December 1, 2016, within weeks of the Servance murder. Beasley and Mosley believed that one of the December 1 victims had been hired to avenge the death of Mr. Servance. The other December 1 victim was simply an innocent person who happened to be in the first victim’s company.
Those murders were planned and carried out by Beasley and Mosely. In Mosley’s own words, on his own social media, Beasley was Mosley’s own “shooter,” and Mosley was proud to pronounce Beasley as such. Other OYMG members regularly carried firearms to defend the gang’s territory and violently expelled OYMG rivals or antagonists.
Nine other defendants charged in the case previously pleaded guilty to racketeering and/or drug conspiracy charges and eight have been sentenced.
The final defendant to be sentenced, Terrell Plummer, a/k/a Rell, age 30, of Baltimore, is scheduled for sentencing on May 10, 2019. At his guilty plea on November 2, 2018, Plummer admitted that he shot and killed three-year-old McKenzie Elliott during a shoot-out, as she stood on the front porch of her home.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The U.S. Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the ATF and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Metcalf and Michael C. Hanlon, who are prosecuting the case.
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