Baltimore Street Thug, Looter, Arsonist and Dealer Sentenced for 15 Years in Prison
Street thug and dealer Donta Betts was sentenced to 15 years in prison for arson, looting and shooting a heroin addict who owed him 20 bucks.
Donta was pictured squirting lighter fluid on a pile of propane cylinders during the 2015 rioting.
The Baltimore Sun reported:
A 20-year-old man who was seen in widely circulated photos squirting lighter fluid on a pile of propane cylinders during the rioting in Baltimore in April 2015 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.
Donta Betts of Baltimore pleaded guilty in March to making a destructive device near the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues on April 27, 2015. He also pleaded guilty to shooting a woman in the leg over a $20 drug deal on July 2, 2015, federal prosecutors said in court Friday.
“Donta Betts engaged in arson, looting, assault and other mayhem during the Baltimore riots,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. He said Betts’ actions around the city during the riots included looting and throwing rocks at police officers.
In an email, Rosenstein said the case was not just about what happened during the riots, but also about the increase in violence across the city last year.
“This man was an armed drug dealer, and because he was carrying a gun, he used it to try to kill a woman over a $20 drug debt,” Rosenstein said. “Too many of the 344 murders and 700 nonfatal shootings last year were over similar pointless beefs. That is what happens when criminals are allowed to carry loaded guns.”
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