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Judge grants second BGF RICO defendant’s request for federal custody

June 4, 2013

Steven Loney, one of the inmates charged in the racketeering indictment involving members of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang and correctional officers (COs) alleged to have facilitated their criminal conduct in the Baltimore City Detention Center (“Corrupt to the Core,” Mobtown Beat, May 1), was ordered yesterday to “be expeditiously returned to federal custody.” The order, handed down by U.S. magistrate judge Stephanie Gallagher, was granted in response to a request filed on May 31 by Loney’s attorney, Christopher M. Davis.

Neither Davis’ request nor Gallagher’s order explain the underlying reasons for Loney’s desire to be in federal custody. The request merely states that Loney has “reconsidered his rights” to be federally detained, which the motion says he waived on May 6.

Loney, 24, is alleged to have been actively involved in the distribution of contraband in jail (“All in the Family: An annotated roster of defendants in the Black Guerrilla Family indictment, alleged crimes, and notable quotes,” The News Hole, April 25), relying on co-defendant CO Taryn Kirkland to handle financial transactions with inmates who were Loney’s alleged customers. After co-defendant CO Chania Brooks allegedly watched as Loney was attacked on Jan. 1 by another BGF member, Brooks allegedly left her post to ask alleged BGF leader Tavon White how to handle the situation.

White earlier was granted his request to be placed in federal custody, and both the request and the judge’s order addressed the reasons for doing so.

White’s attorney, Gary Proctor, made the request on May 14 (“The BGF’s Tavon White complains about conditions in new facility,” The News Hole, May 14), citing a host of conditions he contended present hardships in mounting a defense. Among Proctor’s arguments was that White’s state custody put him under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Department of Corrections. “As the Court is no doubt aware,” Proctor wrote, “the allegations involve events that occurred within the Baltimore City Detention Center, which is also part of the Maryland Department of Corrections.”

In granting White’s request (“Alleged BGF leader Tavon White wins transfer out of Maryland prison,” The News Hole, May 17), U.S. District judge Ellen Hollander’s May 17 order noted prosecutors’ lack of opposition to the request and “the allegations of corruption among the Division of Correction’s staff in at least one of its correctional institutions.”