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Baltimore man sentenced to 28 years in prison for murder-for-hire plot

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BALTIMORE, MD—A man will go to prison for 28 years after he was convicted of a murder-for-hire plot. Wayne Prince, also known as “Taz,” was convicted of the charge in federal court in Maryland.

The sentence follows a guilty plea by Prince to a federal charge of conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the Black Guerilla Family (“BGF”) gang. The gang is said to be involved in criminal activity across the United States, including murder, murder-for-hire, robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors said that in 2018, Prince was a member and associate of the BGF. He and two other men tried to kill someone at a home that was being renovated. A construction crew was on site at the time. During the attempted murder, Prince and a co-conspirator shot and killed one of the construction workers using a . 40 caliber handgun. They also shot a second construction worker in the head, but that person survived the attack.

Prince bragged to an associate during a recorded jail call, “I’m about to get some money soon,” referring to an expected payment from a co-conspirator for Prince’s role in the attempted murder of the target. The prince then exchanged messages with a now-deceased member of the co-conspirator’s inner circle, in which Prince made arrangements to collect payment from the co-conspirator for his role in the attempted murder of the target.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The ATF has developed a national ballistics imaging network designed to connect crime scenes and help police solve shootings.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge William J. DelBagno of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Commissioner Richard Worley of the Baltimore Police Department; and Chief Robert McCullough of the Baltimore County Police Department.

The Black Guerilla Family gang was founded in 2019 and is a nationwide gang which began operating in prisons and is now involved in criminal activity, including murder, murder-for-hire, robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation, in cities throughout the United States, including Baltimore and throughout Maryland. .

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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