Dec 292013

A member of the gang associated with the 2012 killing of 5-year-old Briana Allen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for other crimes, and two men have been indicted on murder charges related to the fatal Aug. 29 shooting of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels.

Kerry “Jordan” Pittman, 24, was one of 15 defendants named this year in a racketeering indictment against the Central City 110′ers street gang believed to have been responsible for the shootout at a birthday party that killed Allen and 33-year-old Shawanna Pierce. Pittman wasn’t a suspect in Allen’s death, but pleaded guilty to robbery and being an accessory to other shootings committed by the 110′ers, according to a report by John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate. He is the second member of the gang to plead guilty, after Ja’on “Sticks” Jones, 18, who admitted to assisting in the racketeering conspiracy and perjury, Simerman notes.

Meanwhile, Darnell Ramee, 19, and Keelen Armstrong, 24, were both indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of Samuels, who was in her babysitter’s arms in the 2800 block of South Saratoga when she was hit by a bullet, according to a report by Helen Freund of The Times-Picayune. Armstrong was identified by the babysitter, and Ramee is believed to be the shooter, Freund reports.

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