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August 25, 1989 | By Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
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...
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September 16, 1992 | By Gary Cohn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 15, 1990 | By Robert J. Terry and Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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October 19, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 26, 1993 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 15, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 23, 1993 | by Dave Racher and Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writers
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.
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January 21, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 10, 1994 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 14, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Career criminal Kevin Green last week got a prison sentence that should keep him behind bars the rest of his life. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich on Friday gave the 57-year-old a sentence of 55 to 110 years for a violent North Philadelphia home invasion last year that briefly netted Green and an accomplice $7,713. Green was convicted on July 10 of terrorizing Jose Torres, his wife, Elizabeth Varela, and her autistic son, Joshua, 12, in their home on the 3500 block of North Fifth Street.
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March 29, 2001 | by Dave Racher Daily News Staff Writer
Three months after reputed Junior Black Mafia associate Trent C. Pickard beat a kidnapping charge last year, he shot and killed two rival drug dealers in North Philadelphia, police said. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Felice R. Stack, Pickard, 32, was ordered to stand trial in the slayings of Chad Alexander, 29, and Terrell Dean, 21. Assistant District Attorney Bill Fisher said both men were shot at 30th and York streets last Nov. 10. Alexander was killed instantly; Dean died five days later.
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February 27, 2001 | by Kitty Caparella Daily News Staff Writer
Trent Pickard, an associate of the Junior Black Mafia and reputed mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, was arrested yesterday for a drug-related double murder Nov. 10 in North Philadelphia. Police said Pickard, 33, of the Carlene Apartments, on Belmont Avenue, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. leaving a steak shop at Broad and Pollock streets, in South Philadelphia, by the FBI Fugitive Task Force. He was turned over to the police Homicide Division. Philadelphia police issued a murder warrant last week for Pickard in the shooting deaths of North Philadelphia drug dealers Chad Alexander and Terrell Dean.
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May 25, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Christopher Laster, an alleged enforcer for the Junior Black Mafia, told the judge he's a changed man and deserves mercy for killing a man six years ago. "I'm a different person," said Laster, who was convicted of third-degree murder last year. The prosecution said Laster, formerly of West Philadelphia, and three other gunmen shot and killed Willie Bowman, 23, at 24th and Moore streets in South Philadelphia, and wounded another man on July 11, 1989. Common Pleas Judge Eugene H. Clarke Jr. wasn't impressed.
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December 21, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Christopher Laster thought his fellow drug gang members would never betray their code of silence. How wrong he was. Two members of the notorious Junior Black Mafia linked him to the murder of Willie Bowman, 23, at 24th and Moore streets in South Philadelphia, on July 11, 1989. Yesterday, a jury convicted Laster, said to have been an enforcer for the gang, of third-degree murder and conspiracy. The panel acquitted co-defendant Joseph Cobb, 31, after his lawyer, Thomas W. Moore, attacked the credibility of the two witnesses.
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December 9, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Aaron "AJ" Jones, the convicted leader of the notorious Junior Black Mafia drug gang, couldn't believe it. The guy who helped put him away for a 1990 murder, Ronald Castille, wrote the opinion last month denying his appeal for a new murder trial. Castille is now a state Supreme Court Justice. Jones, 33, asked his lawyer, Gerald A. Stein, whether the former Philadelphia district attorney was guilty of a conflict of interest. "I think so," said Stein, who filed a petition with the state high court this week asking for re-argument on behalf of his client.
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December 8, 1995 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A bullet fired in a fight over a woman in a Cedarbrook bar ended the criminal career of a former Junior Black Mafia member seeking to dominate a West Philadelphia drug empire, authorities said yesterday. That operation is centered at 46th and Parrish Streets, in Mill Creek, police say. The fight to control the trade has been linked to three slayings last week in West Philadelphia and a shoot-out Nov. 27 in which a school bus carrying handicapped children was caught in a crossfire.
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December 7, 1995 | by Kitty Caparella, Joe O'Dowd and Nicki Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writers Daily News writer Jack McGuire also contributed to this report
The Junior Black Mafia is back. And so is the violence. Recently jailed JBM members are pressuring independent drug dealers to give up their street corners to take back the citywide narcotics trade that left a wake of more than 25 bodies from 1987 through 1991. Last Friday's bloody ambush of a van that left three dead and one seriously injured at 40th and Girard in Parkside is believed to be part of this new turf war, according to law enforcement sources. The ambush was a retaliation for the van occupants' attempt to take over the 46th and Parrish drug corner of West Philadelphia, investigators believe.
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November 27, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
When state Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille was district attorney, his office fought to break the back of the notorious Junior Black Mafia. Last week, Castille wrote the opinion that hammered Aaron "AJ" Jones, 33, the reputed leader of the JBM, and upheld a death sentence imposed by a Philadelphia jury in 1993 for a 1990 murder. Jones, who is also serving a life term on federal racketeering charges, was sentenced to die for masterminding the plot to kill Bruce Kennedy, 30, a rival in his love life, as well as in his $100 million drug business, police said.
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June 16, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Christopher Laster, an alleged enforcer for the Junior Black Mafia drug and robbery gang, probably thought he had beaten a 1989 murder. But last year, he got some bad news. One of the gang was singing and implicating him in the fatal shooting of Willie Bowman, 23, at 24th and Moore streets in South Philadelphia on July 11, 1989. Yesterday, Stacy Rucker, 36, who says he used to work for the JBM, testified that Laster, 35, was in on the killing. Rucker, who has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the case and is awaiting sentencing, said Laster, formerly of West Philadelphia, was among four gunmen spraying bullets at about six men standing on the corner.
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