Friday, February 26, 2010

BMF member gets 20 years for manslaughter

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM

click to enlarge Fleming "Ill" Daniels
  • Fleming "Ill" Daniels

Last week, a man described in court documents as the Black Mafia Family's third-in-command pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 killing of Rashannibal "Prince" Drummond, who was shot to death in the parking lot of Peachtree Street's now-defunct Velvet Room.

The plea marks the first and only resolution of a violent charge filed against a member of BMF, the $270 million nationwide cocaine enterprise that had hubs in L.A., Detroit and Atlanta. Though close to 150 BMF associates in a half-dozen states pleaded guilty to or were convicted of drug and/or money-laundering offenses, none of its members has been imprisoned for a violent crime.

That will change now that Fleming "Ill" Daniels pleaded to the 2004 killing — an altercation that allegedly began when Daniels backed his luxury SUV into Drummond, who was hanging out with friends in the club's lot. Witnesses say that Drummond smacked the side of the vehicle with his hand and yelled, "Yo homeboy, you hitting me."

According to court documents, Daniels and a couple of BMF associates hopped out of several vehicles in the crew's departing caravan. The men allegedly attacked both Drummond and his cousin, who spent several weeks in a coma due to his injuries. One witness claimed BMF kingpin Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory had been hanging out earlier at the Velvet Room — which was celebrating its final night in business — though he allegedly had left the parking lot before the fight started.

Daniels was the only suspect charged in the incident and was described by witnesses as the gunman. He was charged in 2007 with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but he pleaded only to the reduced voluntary manslaughter charge. His 20-year sentence will run concurrent to a 20-year sentence stemming from a BMF-related federal cocaine-conspiracy conviction.

(Photo courtesy DeKalb County jail.)

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