Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sentencing dates for BMF co-leaders

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 10:35 PM

UPDATE: Flenory brothers get hefty sentences.

At long last, the Flenory brothers — who birthed the $270 million, multi-state cocaine ring the Black Mafia Family — are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court. BMF, which had one of its two hubs in Atlanta, has been linked to some of the city's more sensational crimes and some of its best-known rappers, including Young Jeezy.

Demetrius Flenory

Sentencings for Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory, 40, and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, 38, are set for Sept. 12 and Sept. 4, respectively, in their hometown Detroit. The brothers pleaded guilty in November 2007 to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They've been locked up since their charges were unsealed in 2005.

The CCE charge can carry a life sentence, though the guilty pleas all but guarantee that the brothers will serve less time. The government is pushing for 30-year sentences for both brothers, though the judge indicated in November that he might be willing to go as low as the minimum 20 years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Terry Flenory

The Flenorys are among nearly 150 BMF associates who have been indicted in seven states: Georgia, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and California. The majority of those cases have been resolved — most recently, the federal trial in Atlanta of BMF's third-in-command, Fleming "Ill" Daniels.

(Photos courtesy of DeKalb County jail, top, and Wayne County, Mich., jail.)

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