Bloods gang member pleads guilty to two murders
BALTIMORE - A member of the Bloods gang has pleaded guilty to two murders, including the slaying of a state’s witness.
Jamal “Munchie” Winchester, 23, of the 3200 block of Emley Avenue, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Victor Lama Richards, 23, and Jarrell Lamont Adams, 21.
Baltimore Circuit Judge John Themelis sentenced Winchester to a 50-year prison term for the slayings. Winchester shot and killed Richards, a known Crips member, on March 30, 2006, because the two gang members had been arguing over drug trafficking locations in the Oliver Community in East Baltimore, according to prosecutors.
Adams was a fellow Bloods gang member and witnessed the murder of Richards, prosecutors said.
Winchester knew Adams had talked with police about the murder, accused Adams of “snitching” and killed him on April 21, 2006 — though Adams’ statement to police never identified Winchester as the person who murdered Richards, according to prosecutors.
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