A Baltimore man arrested in connection with a shooting that injured four people and killed another, pleaded guilty to an unrelated gun charge, before U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander on Tuesday.
Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Melvin, of Northwest Baltimore, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for possessing a handgun, court records show.
Previously local and federal authorities said Melvin was “known to be associated with a dangerous drug organization located in east and northeast Baltimore city” that has been under investigation. While monitoring several social media sites, Baltimore police were able to connect to Melvin’s alleged drug organization. An image surfaced of Melvin possessing a gun at a Middle River firing range. Records and videos verified that Melvin had visited the firing range.
A prior conviction prohibited Melvin from possessing a firearm.
Police also charged Melvin in connection to a shootout that fatally injured 26-year-old Darrell Alston and injured four others. The shooting was the result of what is known as a “rap beef,” police previously said.
Alston, known as “Nazty” in the rap world, gained notoriety for a “diss track” he released against rapper Young Moose, whose real name is Kevin Evans Jr. Moose responded with his own video.
Melvin appeared in Moose’s music videos, police said.