Kelly Witter of Baltimore, Maryland, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise known as the Dead Man Incorporated (DMI). Authorities found that Witter is responsible for distributing between 840 grams and 2.8 kilograms of crack cocaine.
According to court documents, DMI was created originally in 2000 as a prison gang in Maryland and at its inception was closely allied to the Black Guerilla Family (BGF), another prison gang. By 2006, DMI expanded its membership by recruiting members outside prison, including women.
Court records state that Witter, 27, was associated with the DMI enterprise and knowingly and willfully became a member of the conspiracy. Witter was trafficking in cocaine, crack, and prescription pills with individuals who later became members and leaders of DMI. Witter distributed crack with those DMI members for many months. Witter also obtained and redistributed crack from another member of DMI.
By 2009, Witter was frequently in telephone contact with Perry Roark, the Supreme Commander of DMI, and she passed on messages for Roark and provided access to Roark to other members of DMI. Witter also admits that she sold crack cocaine on three occasions in February and March 2010.
Roark, age 42, pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise known as the Dead Man Incorporated.