A man who was a member of a violent gang based in South Baltimore pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise.
Travis Eugene Alewine, 30, aka “Sticks,” of Baltimore, pleaded guilty for his role in a gang called Hillside that operated in Cherry Hill in South Baltimore, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced in a Tuesday news release.
Alewine, who was on the run for two years before he was arrested by U.S. marshals in 2019, will be sentenced to 180 to 253 months in federal prison in exchange for the plea agreement. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18.
He and his fellow gang members terrorized the Cherry Hill community for years, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron said. Hillside’s operation ran for 14 years in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“The gang members pushed drugs into the community, threatened violence constantly, and even took the lives of others,” ATF Baltimore special agent Toni M. Crosby said.
Alewine participated in selling crack and powder cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana as a member of the Hillside gang and used the profits to buy guns and traffic narcotics and committed robbery, homicides and nonfatal shootings.
Gang members sold drugs in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road and other locations throughout Cherry Hill and in West Baltimore and Southwest Baltimore, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
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During one of these gang dealings in August 2012, Alewine and three other members discharged a .45-caliber firearm and killed 28-year-old Anthony Cureton, whom they mistakenly believed was a member of an organization called Up Da Hill, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Cureton and a 29-year-old African American man were in the 2700 block of Giles Road, in Cherry Hill when someone fired at them from a car, according to police. Cureton was shot in the head and died at a hospital two hours later. The 29-year-old was shot in the hip and was able to get himself to a hospital. He survived.
Hillside members have been in a long-running dispute feuding with Up Da Hill members, the Lakebrook Circle Boys gang and others. Hillside members committed acts of violence and murdered members of rival organizations and people who were in territory that was controlled by the rival gangs.
A total of 21 defendants charged in the case, including Alewine, have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy, according to the release.
Eighteen defendants have been sentenced to 10 to 30 years in federal prison. Alewine’s attorney, Paul F. Enzinna, could not immediately be immediately reached for comment.