Man sentenced to 25 years in killing of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott

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

A 30-year-old Baltimore man convicted of fatally shooting 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott on a Waverly front porch five years ago has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge George Russell handed down the punishment this morning for Terrell Plummer, who federal prosecutors say fired the errant bullet that struck Elliott in the head on Aug. 1, 2014.

“I am grateful for the tireless efforts of the investigators and prosecutors to bring McKenzie Elliott’s killer to justice,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement. “While this sentence will not bring a beautiful little girl back to those who loved her, I hope her community will take some comfort from the fact that Terrell Plummer and his fellow gang members have been held accountable for their crimes.”

Per WBAL-TV’s Barry Simms, Plummer denied his guilt in court this morning, saying, “I didn’t sign this plea agreement because I’m guilty, I signed this plea agreement to get home to my family. I had nothing to do with the loss of your child. I am sorry for your loss.”

Nina Epps, Elliott’s mother, reportedly said in court that she “tried everything I could to make sure this girl was safe. All I wanted was my daughter to experience the life I never had. Never would I imagine my 3-year-old’s life got took by a stranger.”

She stood with representatives from the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI’s Baltimore field office outside the courthouse following Plummer’s sentencing.

Plummer is among nearly a dozen people convicted for participating in a racketeering conspiracy by the Old York Money Gang, which operated in Waverly selling weed, heroin and more. Charges ranged from murder to extortion to trafficking conspiracy.

According to Plummer’s plea agreement, he and others from the Old York Money Gang were feuding with a group from another neighborhood that summer. One day before Elliott was killed, the other group in the feud came by to support a woman fighting with one of the Old York Money Gang members’ sisters. A man was stabbed in the altercation.

On Aug. 1, they came back to confront Plummer and the others. After circling the block in a white Mercedes SUV three times, prosecutors said Plummer shot at the car, hitting one of his targets in the head, plus Elliott and two bystanders.

Plummer was accused of working within the Old York Money Gang from 2013 through April 2017, when he was charged by federal authorities.

He’s the last of 11 individuals to be sentenced in a federal crackdown on the gang.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in CityLab, Slate, Baltimore City Paper, DCist and elsewhere.
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