Saturday, November 1, 2008

Bleu DaVinci & other BMF Members Sentenced to Prison


Nine lower ranking members of the Black Mafia Family (BMF) were sentenced to prison on Wednesday (October 29), for their part in a criminal organization that distributed cocaine nationwide.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the day in court took almost nine hours, in which members of BMF were handed down sentences one-by-one by U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans.Before receiving their sentences each member apologized to their families, and most accepted responsibility for their actions. Some even teared up.Each got prison time -- ranging from four years to more than 16 1/2 years for drug conspiracy, and will receive probation after being released.To help reduce their sentences, they each asked the judge to recommend them for an intensive drug program in prison.
Rapper Bleu DaVinci (real name: Barima P. McKnight), who was the flagship artist for the BMF record label, was sentenced to just over five years."Eighty thousand sorries won't work, and I know that," the rapper said. "I have to own up to my actions."DaVinci, originally from Carson, California, was indicted on drug conspiracy charges last year, one month before BMF heads, Big Meech and Southwest T, were found guilty of running the criminal organization.
The Black Mafia Family was started by two brothers -- Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory -- who sold crack cocaine in Detroit high schools during the mid-1980s. Within a few years, their BMF organization had moved into 11 states, making money through distribution rather than direct street sales.Their organization generated hundreds of millions of dollars from 1990 to 2005, affording them luxurious homes, cars, boats, and jewelry. Some of their money was filtered through legitimate business such as their BMF Entertainment record label.In August, the Flenory brothers were handed down a 30 year sentences for running their large scale cocaine trafficking ring.After they pleaded guilty, others followed. Sixteen were indicted in Atlanta.