Feds: Five members of gang responsible for McKenzie Elliott’s death plead guilty to drug charges

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A poster of McKenzie Elliott, 3, who was killed in a shooting in Waverly in August 2014. Photo via BPD spokesman T.J. Smith/Twitter.

Five members of the Old York Money Gang, a drug organization that federal authorities say is responsible for multiple murders, including the 2014 shooting death of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, pleaded guilty to drug charges this month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland announced today.

According to the plea agreement of one member, Davonte Rich, 24, he and others from the gang attacked a group in 2014 that came to Old York Money Gang territory in the Waverly Way neighborhood to support a female friend in a dispute with the sister of one of the gang members. One man was stabbed in the melee.

When the group returned to the neighborhood two days later, gang members shot at their vehicle.

“One bullet struck Victim #1 in the head, while an errant bullet killed three-year-old McKenzie Elliott,” federal authorities said.

The feds charged Terrell Plummer with Elliott’s murder. According to online court records, Plummer was arraigned Oct. 9 and pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen counts. A trial is set for Nov. 5.

Earlier this year, two other men, Tyron Brown and Davin Lawson, pleaded guilty to taking part in the drug conspiracy. In April, Lawson was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison.

Brown, Rich and four others who entered guilty pleas–Emmanuel Rose, Keith Wilson, Jason Snowden and Calvin Watson–will be sentenced either later this year or in early 2019.

According to multiple plea agreements, the Old York Money Gang took part in “murder, robbery, extortion, burglary, and narcotics trafficking in and around Baltimore,” federal authorities said in a release today.

“OYMG is a neighborhood gang, limiting its membership to persons that originate from or live in the Waverly Way neighborhood, and generally excluding ‘outsiders,'” the release said. “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.”

The gang trafficked in heroin, powder and crack cocaine, and marijuana, according to authorities. Last October, members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Baltimore Police Department made undercover buys of cocaine and heroin from members.

A federal grand jury first indicted seven men in April 2017 on charges related to the activities of the Old York Money Gang.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur pledged to continue working with other agencies to pursue drug gangs “who turn our neighborhoods into war zones.”

“Disputes between rival drug gangs lead to so many tragic shootings and murders in Baltimore City,” he said. “Often the victims are innocent bystanders, like little McKenzie Elliott. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to root out and to hold accountable the criminals who turn our neighborhoods into war zones, and to stop the senseless violence.”

Brandon Weigel

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