Maryland correctional officer Jennifer Owens pleads guilty in gang-racketeering case
The second person to plead guilty in the federal racketeering indictment against members of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) prison gang in Maryland – after lead defendant Tavon White, who entered his plea on Aug. 6 – is former correctional officer (CO) Jennifer Owens, who had two children with White. Owens, one of 13 COs charged in the case, entered her plea today, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 24, 2014, according to a press release from the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office. She faces a possible 20-year prison sentence for her involvement in a scheme that allegedly allowed the gang to assume operational control of the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC).
Owens plea agreement, like White’s, asserts that “many other Correctional Officers” than the 13 indicted were involved in smuggling contraband into BCDC, where Owens worked from 2007 until after the indictment was unsealed earlier this year. The agreement also says Owens, who has “Tavon” tattoed on her neck, “frequently smuggled Percocet pills and Suboxone strips into BCDC on behalf of White and others,” and that “between 2 and 4 times per week she smuggled in marijuana and tobacco in 2010-11, but after that she concentrated on pills and strips.”
In other court documents in the case, which transcribe phone conversations intercepted by case investigators, Owens expresses her thoughts at having become pregnant again. “I understand you stressed out, cuz you locked up, ok, but I am too,” she says to a confidant. “You locked up, and I’m fucking pregnant again. Like really, who the fuck does that? Only my dumb ass do shit like that, for real. I can accept that I fucked up. I know I did, but I did that shit cuz I wanted to. I don’t regret it.”
Owens’ Randallstown residence at 3926 Noyes Circle was raided shortly before the indictment was unsealed on April 23. Among the items seized there, according to court documents, in addition to financial documents, pre-paid credit cards, a cell phone, a computer, and a Klu tablet, were a receipt from the law firm Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White and a “handwritten court document.” Also taken were records involving Ralph Timmons, Jr., aka “Boosa” or “Boozer,” a half-brother and co-defendant of White’s who was murdered just prior to the indictment, and a “letter from Tavon White to Boozer Timmons.”