Nine members of famed criminal organization the Black Mafia Family (BMF) were sentenced to prison time in Atlanta yesterday (October 29) for their role in the massive cocaine and crack distribution throughout the nation’s biggest cities.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, nine BMF individuals were handed sentences ranging from at least four years to over 16 1/2 behind bars. Upon their release, each one will immediately be placed on probation.
Requesting U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans for enrollment in an intensive drug program in prison to help reduce their time, along with apologizing to the families they have affected, the group were given their terms for over nine hours in court.
Beginning in the 80s by brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory by selling drugs in Detroit schools and later expanding throughout Los Angeles and Atlanta. BMF took a legitimate role in hip-hop around 2000 setting up their label, Black Mafia Family Entertainment, and their flagship artist, Bleu DaVinci (born Barima McKnight).
After the brothers pleaded guilty in November 2007 to various drug charges, more members began to testify along with 16 who were indicted in Atlanta.
DaVinci, known for collaborating on records with established artists like Fabolous, Mistah Fab and Young Jeezy, was sentenced to five years behind bars for drug conspiracy.
“Eighty thousand sorries won’t work, and I know that,” he told AJC. “I have to own up to my actions.”
Another member, Franklin Nash, is scheduled to be sentenced today (October 30).