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Man who robbed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper gets prison sentence

A well-known Los Angeles anti-gang intervention worker was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for a burglary that he admitted was done to benefit a street gang.  

Marlo "Bow Wow" Jones and three codefendants were immediately sentenced after pleading no contest in connection with the robbing and beating of Bizzy Bone of the rap group Bone Thugs-N- Harmony on Jan. 5, authorities said. Bizzy Bone was beaten and choked in his Universal City hotel room and stripped of his jewelry.

At the time of his arrest, Jones was a contract employee for the anti-gang organization Unity One, which according to Los Angeles police was hired for the city’s L.A. Bridges II gang intervention program. He had also worked with a similar organization founded by USC football Coach Pete Carroll.

His arrest led to criticism of publicly funded gang intervention programs, which rely on former gang members to help police prevent violence and get gang members out of the life.

But those who defend such programs said the rewards outweigh the risks because the former gang members have the most credibility in reaching and reforming wayward youths.

Jones, 31, pleaded no contest to a single count of burglary and admitted to an allegation that his actions were committed to benefit a street gang, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Codefendant Ricky Pearson, 30, was sentenced to 19 years in prison; Vanquan Knott, 20, was sentenced to 11 years; and Markiece Goss, 24, received a six-year sentence, Robison said.

Unity One is an anti-gang group founded after the 1992 Los Angeles riots by Darren “Bo” Taylor, a former gang member who became a peacekeeper respected by street toughs as well as by law enforcement and community activists struggling to reduce inner-city violence. Taylor died in 2008.

Connie Rice, a prominent civil rights attorney, described Jones as a charismatic figure who could bring rival gang sects together. But she said he was not a professional and lacked the training and dedication that now are being taught to a new generation of gang intervention workers as part of the city effort she heads up.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Comments () | Archives (17)

When is Los Angeles going to realize that ex-gangster anti-gang workers are STILL GANGSTERS? It happens all the time. Time to shut down any Anti-Gang program that rely on these thugs.

That's very short sighted of you. This system aint perfect but if 1 of these cats help save one life that's someting.

Why not use random lie detector and drug testing on 'former' gang bangers who are involved with intervention programs, or who are funded by taxpayer funds to determine how sincere they are about their work? They've really thinned out corrupt Mexican police this way. oh, right, the ACLU would immediately scream violation of civil rights!

So what if they're still gangsters? It has nothing to do with whether or not the programs do any good. If the programs work, then keep them. If people working for these programs commit crimes, put them in jail. One thing has nothing to do with the other.

Really? Did you conduct the study? Don't paint with a wide brush. What expertise do you have with anti-gang intervention?

How are these programs different from organized racketeering? You need to hire their dons to protect society from the thugs? Those (former) gangsters are the only ones the young guns will listen to? Or have they just risen enough that they blend in and can pursue their extortion through the proper (government) channels? Wake up people. How's that different to a shopkeeper paying a don protection money to keep his wares from getting smashed? Right, it's taxpayer money. You're all funding crooks the early retirement when they get too old or lazy (or influential) to still tough it out with the younger generation of toughs.

going along some of yous all reasoninig, we would have to get rid of ALL corporations because "some" CEOs committed crimes...



he was not a professional and lacked the training ... what a lousy excuse. The guy is a thug. What sort of training would have deterred him from his actions?, none. It's like telling a murderer that it is not OK to kill someone, but since he didn't have the training and no-one told him so... that excuses them from having a brain and common decency

You cannot just trash an entire program because of the actions of a few bad seeds. We see examples everyday of police abuse and corruption, politicians abusing their authority and power, Catholic Priests abusing little boys, as well as, scandels and corruption in all walks of business, etc. When these abuses happen, no one says let's get rid of the police department, the Congress, the Catholic Church, etc.

Stop thinking so naivly people. Many of the gang intervention programs are helpful and provide excellant countermeasures to the onslaught of gang activity in inner-city communities. That's a good thing by all measurable standards.

Fixing the gangs isn't so hard.

1. Take a couple years and figure out who are gang members, including those in prison. Try to get it right and not include people who look like them, have similar names etc.
2. Guillotine all members of the above set.

Repeat every 2 years or so; there will always be a few new entrants, but without successful long time criminals to draw them in fewer people will take the bait, and with fewer gangsters terrorizing honest kids they will not be forced to join simply to protect themselves.

The same thing can be done, but at random, unpredcitable times, to any other groups (old/new mafia) which want to do the same thing. Costs can be covered by selling eager citizens rights to operate the guilliotines, that will probably bring in 10K per head. Throw in a few mortgage brokers, CEOs and pols on the take and suddenly society will get more honest top to bottom. Lead by example!

Why is the city pouring money into these anti-gang groups...we already have law enforcement and prison as our anti-gang effort...

and furthermore, 12 years seems a little stiff for robbing another thug...they're not even really victims, they're more like victim/criminals...

I'll break ranks with everyone on this one...focusing on the incredible IRONY of this, which borders on "poetic justice"!! How fitting that a member of the notorious gangsta rap group "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony" would be victimized by some of the same violence that he himself has taken such a high-profile part in encouraging over the years...I cannot help but recall some of the group's gruesome lyrics where they brag about executing a bank teller during a brutal armed robbery!!

What is it the Bible says about "reaping and sowing"? In light of that, it's hard for me to have much sympathy for the likes of Bizzy Bone when he has his own violent lyrics come back to bite him in the backside...

Never let these thugs out of prison. It's that simple.

If we got rid of every group that had some bad guys lets start with the pPOLICE

Verballistic > have you heard of a thing called entertainment.. just becuase one song happens to have lyrics about violence doenst mean that the artist deserves to become a victim of violence 1st of all.. 2nd since we are on the topic of content ... bone thugs n harmony raps about more than violence.. bizzy himself has several songs about God. so lets not get beside ourselves.. like he deserved violence because he raps about it.

varballistic if you too stupid to understand that hip hop is entertainment like a movie and you hang your hat on every rap story then i feel sorry for you..if joe pesci had got robbed would you feel bad for him?ofcourse you would even thought he has been in many gangster films..hip hop is entertainment treat it as such

bone fan, verballisic was right. if u are from cleveland u would understand every bit of btnh lyrics were real shyt. dont compare that to actors that never have lived what they act. or even the rappers nowadays that rap things that never happened. listen to whom die they lie or body rott.


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