Gavel-Jail

Two members of Baltimore’s “Up da Hill” (UDH) gang, based in the city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, were sentenced to long jail stints Friday for their roles in the gang’s activities.

Steven “Cutty” Jackson, 25, and Alonzo “Zo” Clea, 26 were sentenced to 25 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, after pleading guilty to conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise.

In his plea agreement, Jackson admitted to the 2006 shooting of a rival gang member, a 2007 armed robbery and, along with another man, the 2011 shooting death of a member of the rival “Little Spelman” gang. Clea admitted to possessing a firearm on three different occasions between 2008 and 2014.

“Many shootings and murders in Baltimore City involve disputes between rival gangs,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, who announced the sentences along with other law enforcement officials. “Police and prosecutors are saving lives by holding accountable the criminals who turned Cherry Hill into a war zone.”

Jackson and Clea’s sentences bring to 35 the number of gang members from the Cherry Hill neighborhood who have pleaded guilty to being involved in racketeering conspiracies, Rosenstein said.