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Black Guerilla Family Gang member gets life in prison for racketeering and conspiracy case

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 13:23:53-04

BALTIMORE — A member of the Black Guerilla Family's Greenmount Avenue Regime was sentenced to life in prison last week for his role in conspiring to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise.

Evidence presented during the two-month trial stated that 26-year-old Marquise McCants, a/k/a Digga, participated in a number of crimes as a member of the gang during a 12 year period, including dealing drugs, and committing stabbings, robberies, and attempted murders.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, outside of McCants drug hustling in the area of Barclay and 24th Streets, he also committed a number of violent acts, including attacking and stabbing a 12-year-old rival gang member and robbing a home in Elkton.

In February 2017, he tried killing a guy after shooting him several times in the area of Greenmount and North Avenue. He fled the area following the shooting, to a residence in the 5600 block of Pioneer Drive, where he was arrested after a multi-hour shootout with a U.S. Marshals Task Force. Before McCants surrendered, he disassembled the .40 caliber firearm used to shoot the victim and hid it behind a wall in a bathroom of the residence.

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While locked up at the Chesapeake Detention Facility, he was caught confessing to co-conspirator Norman Handy about a brutal murder he committed with a fellow BGF member in retaliation for the victim shooting of the BGF member’s residence on Druid Hill Avenue. McCants said he and a fellow gang member convinced the victim to come for a ride with them. Once reaching their destination, the victim started to get out of the car and McCants grabbed the victim’s shirt and fired 11 rounds, killing him. McCants also said that he took the victim’s phone while “he was still twitching.”

Early last year, McCants was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.