BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — Terrell Plummer, 29, and Tyrone Jamison, 25, entered guilty pleas in federal court, admitting their responsibility for the death of three-year-old McKenzie Elliott in 2014.
Prosecutors say Plummer and Jamison were members of the Old York Money Gang that terrorized the Waverly neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore.
The gang was involved in a dispute with rivals, when Plummer began firing his gun at them. A stray bullet hit Elliott as she played on her front porch.
Jamison admitted supplying the gun.
Elliott’s mother was in court for the plea proceedings Friday. She declined to comment, but the United States Attorney for Maryland, Robert Hur, said he hopes they bring her some closure. “He pulled the trigger, and he’s being held accountable,” Hur said of Plummer.
“Disputes between gang rivals lead to many shootings and murders in Baltimore City, including innocent bystanders who are caught in the crossfire—like little McKenzie Elliott.”
The case proved difficult to solve because many in the community were fearful of coming forward against the gang.
“Fear of being caught in the crossfire of a gang turf war is a terrible reality that affects too many in Baltimore. The ATF is determined to identify, investigate, and incarcerate this city’s most vicious criminals so that neighborhoods can be free of violence and children can safely stand on the front porches of their homes,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada.
Last year, before heading to Washington as the Deputy U.S. Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein announced charges against Plummer and others. He promised to carry Elliott’s picture to D.C. as a reminder of the importance of solving these cases and the important law enforcement work being done in Baltimore.
Plummer will be sentenced in February 2019. The plea agreement calls for a 25-year federal prison sentence, but the judge is not bound by that.
Two other Old York Money Gang members are scheduled to head to trial next week.