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Jury finds the leader of the “59 Hoover Criminal Gang” in Columbia guilty of first-degree murder and eight other gang-related crimes

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Jury Finds Columbia Leader of the “59 Hoover Criminal Gang” Guilty of 1st-Degree Murder and Eight Other Gang-related Crimes

Howard County State’s Attorney Rich Gibson was joined by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Howard County Police Chief Gregory Der, and Sheriff Marcus Harris to provide an update regarding the “59 Hoover Criminal Gang” case. A Howard County jury has found 36-year-old Jeremi Quentin Lewis guilty of 1st-degree murder in the 2021 shooting death of 21-year-old Jaden Ealey and eight other crimes stemming from his leadership of a criminal organization that occurred from May 2020 to March 2022. Pictures from the event can be found here.

On the evening of May 30, 2021, Howard County police were called to the 6000 block of Foreland Garth for a report of shots fired. Officers located Ealey behind the Exxon gas station suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition and later died on June 11th, 2021.

According to the Howard County Police Department (HCPD), Lewis was a leader in the “59 Hoover Criminal Gang” organization. His sentencing date is scheduled for May 1, 2024, where he is facing a potential maximum sentence of life without parole plus 100 years. Seven other gang members have already been convicted for various crimes after their pleas of guilty. Their sentences range from 4 to 18 years. Only one other defendant is awaiting sentencing.

The seven convicted members include:

  • Terrence N. Hux
  • Daquan A. Woodson
  • Antonio M. Haywood
  • Justin D. Harper
  • Tavon Hawkins
  • David A. Wainwright, Jr.
  • Anthony S. Jenkins

The investigation began in 2020 when police determined it was the same group of people committing the most serious crimes around the county. The HCPD, in collaboration with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, approached the State’s Attorney’s Office to form a partnership that would become known as the Violent Crimes Reduction Initiative, and then the Crime Reduction Teams. Their work culminated in the indictment of the eight gang members in March 2022.

“The police department wants to thank State’s Attorney Richard Gibson and his team for their partnership and commitment to bringing these critical cases to justice,” said Police Chief Gregory Der. “In Howard County, our priority is to make our streets as safe as possible. This can only be achieved with collaborations among police, prosecutors, our supportive administration and County Executive Calvin Ball.”

“This trial exemplifies the power of collaboration,” stated Sheriff Marcus Harris. “From the diligent work of law enforcement to the skillful prosecution by the State’s Attorney’s Office, every individual played a critical role in bringing these individuals to justice.”

Some of the criminal acts committed by members of the “59 Hoover Criminal Gang” were designed to establish dominance and take control over territories in Columbia. The members also sold illegally controlled substances and kept firearms in their possession to use in violent crimes.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorneys’ Natasha M. Byus and Jonathon R. Church prosecuted this case.

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View information on the Howard County Government website: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/News021324

Watch the press conference from February 13th:

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