A Roxbury gang member who brought a gun to school as a juvenile, made an ominous threat to a police officer in 2015, and fought with rival gang members in jail should spend 14 months in prison for selling crack cocaine, prosecutors said Tuesday in a court filing.
The government submitted its sentencing request in the case against Jeremiah Mines, 26, a member of the Orchard Park Trailblazers gang, in US District Court in Boston. Mines pleaded guilty in October to charges of selling crack cocaine within 500 feet of the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School on two occasions in 2015 and 2016. The filing said Mines concedes his membership in the gang, which has turned sections of the large Orchard Gardens Housing Development into “open-air drug distribution markets.”
“Mines has not even attempted to dispute his gang membership,” prosecutors wrote. “Given his ‘Blazers tattoo and longstanding record of offending in the Orchard Gardens Development, his concession is well taken.”
In addition, authorities said, Mines brought a gun to Clarence Edwards Middle School one morning in March 2006 when he was a juvenile and “pointed [it] at a victim following a fight that took place before school.”
His conduct behind bars while awaiting the resolution of his current case has also been marked by violent incidents, prosecutors wrote.
“They include what appears to be an unprovoked attack on . . . another federal pretrial detainee who is a known H-Bloc [gang] member and thus a rival to Orchard Park and Mines,” the filing said. “Mines also fought with another inmate . . . [who is] an H-Bloc member. During both fights, Mines disobeyed orders to stop and had to be restrained by correctional officers as he continued to fight, even after his victims had already stopped (that apparently gave Mines the opportunity to keep kicking him).”
Mines also had sharp words for Boston police officers who stopped him for driving a dirt bike erratically in June 2015.
As Mines and the officers waited for a tow truck to arrive for the bike, Mines said to one of them, “I’m going to your funeral,” court records show. He told another officer, “every time I see him, I’m knocking the [expletive] out.”
He’s scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9. His lawyer hadn’t responded to the government’s sentencing recommendation as of late Tuesday morning.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.