A 26-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced Friday to 29 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to participating in a violent racketeering conspiracy as a member of a Southwest Baltimore gang.

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U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron

U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron announced Monday that Bobby Cannon, also known as “Freaky,” was sentenced in U.S. District Court.

Cannon pleaded guilty last year to charges that he carried out two contract murders and an attempted murder as a member of the “NFL” gang, which refers to the Normandy, Franklin and Loudon Streets in Edmondson Village. In his plea, Cannon said co-defendant and NFL member James Roberts paid him to kill federal witness Wilbert Epps in 2016.

Epps, 37, was cooperating after being indicted federally on drug and firearms charges in 2016. Cannon admitted to shooting Epps and a woman named Jermiah Harper, 21, multiple times June 16, 2018, as the couple sat on a porch in the 3900 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Cannon also carried out another shooting on NFL’s behalf in January 2019, planning to shoot a person outside an East Baltimore halfway house. Federal prosecutors said Cannon waited in a borrowed car and then shot the target multiple times. The victim survived, despite life-threatening injuries.

After the FBI arrested other members of the NFL crew in April 2019, Cannon was recorded on jail calls discussing selling drugs. Police found Cannon unconscious in a parked van in December 2019, and after searching the van found 98 grams of fentanyl and a gun.

Cannon said in his guilty plea that he distributed large quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine as a member of the NFL gang between 2016 and March 2020, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.

More than 30 people related have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in related cases, the news release said. NFL member James Henry Roberts and gang leader Gregory Butler pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to conspiracy to participate in a conspiracy. Both are expected to serve 30 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. They are set to be sentenced on Dec. 9, along with D’Andre Preston, who pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to a murder and participating in a racketeering conspiracy.