Drug Dealing "Hit Man" Eric Hall Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal PrisonPosted on August 24, 2007
U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Eric Hall, age
36, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 30 years in prison, followed by
15 years of supervised release, after Hall pleaded guilty to
participating in a racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, and use of
a firearm to commit murder in furtherance of drug-trafficking,
announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J.
According to the plea agreement presented to the court, from 1995
until February 2004, Hall was a member of the Rice narcotics-
trafficking organization, which was responsible for the distribution of
large quantities of cocaine and heroin in northwest Baltimore City.
The Rice Organization preserved its power, territory and profits and
retaliated against rival drug organizations through the use of
intimidation, violence and threats of violence. Hall participated in the
Rice Organization’s racketeering enterprise by committing multiple
acts of violence, including the murder of Dante Green on December
16, 1996, the attempted murder of Dennis Smith on December 27,
1996, and participating in the conspiracy to murder Marvin Nutter on
June 22, 2003. These acts were in retaliation for the abduction on
December 10, 1996, of Howard and Raeshio Rice’s mother by Smith
and Nutter at the direction of Dante Green, who was angry about the
Rice Organization’s incursions on his drug-dealing territory.
Hall was indicted on February 2, 2005, along with brothers Howard
and Raeshio Rice and ten other defendants, all of whom have now
pleaded guilty to racketeering or drug conspiracy charges. Howard
and Raeshio Rice, the leaders of the organization were sentenced
to 30 years and 27 years in federal prison, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Drug
Enforcement Administration, the Baltimore City Police Department,
the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division, and
the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City for their investigative
work. Mr. Rosenstein also thanked the United States Attorney’s
Offices for the Central District of California and the Southern District
of New York, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New
York and Los Angeles offices, and the Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Los Angeles office for their assistance. Mr.
Rosenstein also commended Assistant United States Attorneys
Steven H. Levin and Jason M. Weinstein, who prosecuted the case.