Victim of E. Baltimore shooting identified as gang leader

By Justin Fenton (Baltimore Sun)
December 10, 2009
BALTIMORE – A 20-year-old shot to death in an East Baltimore grocery store last week was a leader of an offshoot of the Bloods gang targeted in a federal indictment last year, and police are bracing for possible reprisals, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Corey Jones, who court records show lived in the 400 block of N. Glover St., was found Saturday evening on the floor of the A&A grocery store in the 2700 block of Orleans St., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Jones had a long criminal record, with drug and handgun convictions.

Sources said Jones was a five-star general in the Tree Top Piru gang. Federal prosecutors charged 28 people in February 2008 with participating in the gang, describing it as not necessarily among the city’s largest or most profitable drug organizations, but one of its most vicious. Members gained entry only by committing a violent crime first.

Among them was Kevin Gary, who was known for his red-tinted contact lenses and appeared on the front page of The Baltimore Sun. He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in March.

Jones was most recently convicted in May 2009 on two counts of drug distribution charges, receiving nine months in prison. In April 2007, he pleaded guilty to a firearm charge and received a five-year prison sentence, with four years and nine months suspended, and five years of supervised probation. He was charged three times with violating his probation.

In February 2006, at age 17, he was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old in a drug dispute; the charges were dropped one month later.

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