RadioOnFire.com – The man who killed 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott in 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in federal prison.
Terrell Plummer, who pleaded guilty in November 2018 to one count of racketeering conspiracy,maintained his innocence at his sentencing hearing.
“I didn’t sign this plea agreement because I’m guilty, I signed this plea agreement to get home to my family,” he said in court. “I had nothing to do with the loss of your child. I am sorry for your loss.”
The judge, however, called Plummer’s statements “untrue and selfish” and called it “cowardice to make a statement like that to the family of McKenzie Elliott.”
“I tried everything I could to make sure this girl was safe,” McKenzie’s mother, Nina Epps, said in court. “All I wanted was my daughter to experience the life I never had. Never would I imagine my 3-year-old’s life got took by a stranger.”
McKenzie was playing on her porch when she was hit by a stray bullet during a gang-related shooting in Waverly. Plummer admitted being a member of the Old York Money Gang, which operated solely in Waverly and promoted itself on social media and in rap music videos.
In 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Baltimore police made undercover purchases of crack cocaine and heroin from the gang’s members. Plummer and other OYMG members admitted to selling heroin, powder and crack cocaine, and marijuana, and regularly carried guns to defend their territory.
Prior to the shooting, Plummer and other gang members had a dispute with men from another neighborhood. The men entered the gang’s territory to support a female friend who was fighting with the sister of an OYMG member. Plummer and fellow gang members assaulted the men, one of whom was stabbed. Two days later, the men returned to confront the OYMG members. Plummer fired multiple shots at the SUV, striking one of the men in the forehead, but also grazing another victim in the chin and wrist and striking McKenzie in the head.