Southwest Baltimore NFL gangster gets 25 years in federal prison for racketeering, murder

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of the Southwest Baltimore NFL gang was sentenced last week to 25 years in federal prison for participating in a violent racketeering conspiracy. 26-year-old D’Andre Preston, of Baltimore, committed a murder for the gang.

The term NFL stands for Normandy, Franklin, and Loudon, which are three adjacent streets that run through the Edmondson Village. Members of NFL have social and family ties to the Edmondson Village neighborhood in southwest Baltimore.

According to his guilty plea, from at least 2016 through March 2020, Preston was an associate of the NFL gang, which engaged in a pattern of criminal racketeering activity including murder, narcotics trafficking and smuggling, illegal firearms possession, bribery, witness intimidation, and witness retaliation.

Murder, sharing proceeds on Instagram

Preston admitted that he participated in illegal activities with other NFL gang members, including committing a murder on the enterprise’s behalf. As detailed in his plea agreement, in October 2018, a co-conspirator solicited co-defendant Darran Malik Butler to murder Leonard Shelley so that members of the NFL enterprise could collect a bounty that had been placed on Shelley.

On October 31, 2018, Preston and co-defendant Darran Butler followed Shelley into a convenience store and shot Shelley numerous times, killing him. Following the murder, Darran Butler posted a picture on Instagram of himself holding the bounty proceeds for Shelley’s murder.

On November 9, 2022, co-defendant Darran Malik Butler, age 23, of Baltimore, was also sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. More than 30 defendants in this and related cases have pleaded guilty to their roles in the racketeering conspiracy.

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