Howard County 'Bloods' gang member sentenced to 16 years in prison

A member of a Bloods-affiliated gang in Howard County was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison on federal racketeering charges, according to a release from the Unites States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

Kenneth Ragan-Armstrong, 23, of Savage, was sentenced to 193 months in prison for conspiring to participate in a racketeering conspiracy and using a gun for a violent crime.

"Howard County police and prosecutors are working closely with federal agencies to identify and disrupt gangs responsible for violence in the county," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a release.

Ragan-Armstrong founded the “Cut Throat Committee,” a chapter of the Bloods gang in Howard County in 2010, according to his plea agreement.

From the release:

Among his criminal activities as a gang member, Ragan-Armstrong admitted that he: committed at least two armed robberies of individuals in which drugs, cash and/or other items were stolen; an armed home burglary in which he pistol whipped the victim on the head; and sold drugs. 

On May 8, 2013, Ragan-Armstrong was arrested along with 20 others connected with the Bloods.  Law enforcement seized a mask, digital scale, 2 ½ ounces of marijuana packaged for distribution and $371 from an apartment used by Ragan-Armstrong. 

Witnesses who testified against Ragan-Armstrong (aka: Keezy) said he also sexually assaulted a woman in December 2010 at an apartment in Catonsville, called the “40 House” by members of the gang.

Co-defendant David Jerome Roberstron, 23, of Columbia, was sentenced to 81 months in prison for his role in the gang. Nine other co-defendants pleaded guilty in May to racketeering as a result of the combined effort between local and federal police agencies.

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