August 25, 1989 |
At least eight men founded the Junior Black Mafia in 1985, according to federal, state and local law enforcement sources, and street sources. They have been identified as: James Cole, 35, and his brother, Hayward Cole, 36, convicted drug traffickers who were enforcers in the 1970s for the old Black Mafia, police sources say. Some investigators believe the Coles, whom drug informants refer to as "The Big Bosses," continue to lead the...
September 16, 1992 |
The leader of the Junior Black Mafia was sentenced yesterday to life in prison on charges of conspiring to distribute $100 million of cocaine in Philadelphia between 1986 and last year. The JBM leader, Aaron Jones, 30, showed little visible reaction as the sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz. The life sentence was mandated under the federal drug-kingpin statute under which Jones was convicted. Prosecutor Joel M. Friedman, who heads the organized crime unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office, made a brief but ardent statement at the sentencing hearing.
May 15, 1990 |
Leroy "Bucky" Davis, a former amateur boxer who was the reputed head of the Junior Black Mafia's operations in Southwest Philadelphia, was shot to death early yesterday on the front porch of a JBM safe house in West Philadelphia, authorities said. Davis, 22, wearing a gold and diamond-studded necklace that said "Bucky," was struck four times from a fusillade of gunfire that left the street littered with shell casings and the white brick and stucco house on Creighton Street pocked by bullets.
October 19, 1991 |
Aaron Jones, leader of the Junior Black Mafia, and one of his top lieutenants ordered and planned the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner, according to testimony yesterday in Municipal Court. The slaying was ordered in retaliation for the murder of the JBM's head of operations in Southwest Philadelphia, according to Christopher Anderson, 21, who testified at a preliminary hearing. Anderson said that under orders from Jones, 29, and JBM boss Samuel Brown, 30, he and another gunman burst into Mommie's Food Market, on 54th Street near Master, Aug. 18, 1990, and opened fire, killing the shop owner, Bruce Kennedy, 26. Anderson, who said he was a JBM enforcer at the time, testified that Jones ordered Kennedy's murder and Brown helped plan it to avenge an killing of Leroy "Bucky" Davis.
January 26, 1993 |
Sam Brown, a Junior Black Mafia lieutenant, and an associate, James Anderson, were sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner. Defense attorneys asked the jury to spare their clients, and argued that Brown, 29, and Anderson, 21, acted under "extreme duress" on orders of their JBM boss, Aaron Jones, who commanded the slaying of Bruce Kennedy in Mommie's Food Market in West Philadelphia. Jones, 30, a founder of the JBM, was sentenced to death on Friday by the jury, after all three men were convicted of first-degree murder.
February 15, 1991 |
Aaron Jones and the Junior Black Mafia "are synonymous," said a Common Pleas Court judge who yesterday sentenced Jones, the reputed boss of the JBM, to a maximum 10 to 20 years in prison for the stabbing of a fellow inmate. Jones, 29, "is a moving principal" in the JBM who employed the "extremely violent" tactics of the organization when he attacked inmate Parrish Barnes at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center on Nov. 3, 1989, said Judge John W. Herron in imposing the sentence.
January 23, 1993 |
Aaron "AJ" Jones, the college-educated, gun-toting street boss of the notorious Junior Black Mafia, didn't hesitate to order executions of drug rivals. After years in the fast lane of drug violence, Jones, 30, yesterday got to face the same terror as his victims: His own death. A jury ordered him to die for masterminding the plot to kill Bruce Kennedy, 30, a rival in his lovelife as well as in his $100-million drug business. The once flashy Jones, who had sported a diamond encrusted ring spelling "JBM," stood calmly in a brown suit, his white shirt opened at the collar and his hands behind his back.
January 21, 1993 |
The West Philadelphia food store owner was not only the cousin of a jailed enemy of the Junior Black Mafia, he was also the object of affection of a female companion of JBM boss Aaron Jones. That put Bruce Kennedy, 26, in serious jeopardy, a prosecutor said. And on Aug. 18, 1990, two enforcers of the drug syndicate pumped 10 bullets into him with an Uzi as he was making a steak sandwich at Kennedy's Mommie's Food Market, 54th Street near Master. Yesterday, a jury convicted Jones, 30, and two henchmen, Sam Brown, 29, and James Anderson, 21, of first-degree murder.
December 10, 1994 |
Eric "Buttons" Pearson, 26, a reputed high-ranking member of the Junior Black Mafia, yesterday was jailed for seven years and four months by U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz for trafficking in cocaine. The last of 25 JBM co-defendants to be convicted and sentenced, Pearson had been a fugitive for more than two years before police found him in New Jersey earlier this year. Pearson was tried on drug charges in June but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared.
December 14, 1991 |
The leader of a major drug-dealing organization, locked in a turf war with the Junior Black Mafia, was convicted yesterday of killing two innocent men in gunfire that was meant for JBM members. John Craig Haynes, 25, and two associates, were convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the execution-style slaying of Donald Branch, who was mistaken for Aaron Jones, leader of the rival JBM. Branch, a computer software expert from Montgomery County, was killed while eating dinner at Tobin's Inn in West Oak Lane on Aug. 10, 1989.