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Posted at 4:53 PM ET, 01/14/2011

49 years for D.C. gang leader

By Keith L. Alexander

A District man authorities claim led a dangerous D.C. gang was sentenced to 49 years in prison in connection with a series of 2008 shootings that left one dead and 12 others injured.

In November, a jury found Joseph A. Jenkins, 29, who police and prosecutors said is the leader of the so-called Todd Place Crew, guilty of 17 felony counts, including first-degree murder, assault while armed and obstruction of justice.

Jenkins was also convicted of numerous other offenses.

Prosecutors said the dead man, Gary O. English, 34, was a member of a rival gang known as the T Street Crew and the shootings targeted its members.

The Todd Place gang, authorities said, was based in the unit block of Todd Place NE. Also convicted along with Jenkins were Darnell Anderson, 24, James C. Bates, 28 and Edward Warren, 19.

Warren, who is already serving a 40-year-sentence for other crimes, was setenced to an additional nine years on Jan. 12. Anderson and Bates are awaiting sentencing.

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 14, 2011; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Scum. Pure useless dangerous scum. Put him in the electric chair tomorrow & save the taxpayers a ton of money. No one will cry. Except maybe Jesse & Sharpton.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 14, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey PC Police - Does he qualify as a "thug"?

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 14, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's see he's 29 now serving a 49 year sentence. With any luck he will be 78 when you gets out of jail. Let's hope he dosen't serve the whole 49 years. Dead at 30 works for me.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 14, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Throw his parents in with him.

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 15, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I fail to see why this man gets less time than someone caught dealing drugs. In a way, he's more dangerous than those scum are. Only 49 years of work-free living on our dollars is too good. Let em fry instead, much cheaper.

Posted by: vathinker1 | January 15, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The article didn't tell us when he and his cohorts will potentially be eligible for parole. When they do get paroled they will be recruited for either a professional sports slot or DC Police job as they seem to hire only the lowest and least intelligent people for these jobs/positions. I agree with another poster that dead at 30 would be preferable to letting this scum live in prison only to be released on parole sometime in the future to do their deeds again.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | January 15, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Let the gangs have a little war and then clean up whatever is left by giving them 'life' for murder.
Why the cops spend so much time and money stopping gangs from shooting gangs,I will never know.

Posted by: captgrumpy | January 16, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see how throwing his parents in prison with him is justified. Unless you're going to do the same with the parents of Jared Loughner,David Koresh, Timothy McVeigh, Jeffrey Dahmer Charles Manson etc. in prison as well.

Posted by: hritewing | January 17, 2011 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Dangerous crew? LOL!!! I used to live on this street (Todd Place) - it was hardly "DANGEROUS". Please stop trying to scare people with these articles, that street is anything but dangerous, might be hard to find a parking spot, but dangerous? Hardly - I don't believe it.

Posted by: kdofour2000 | January 18, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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