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Alleged Gang Leader Mistakenly Released, Back in Custody

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Federal authorities mistakenly released the alleged leader of a Crips gang in Baltimore last week, but he is now back in custody.

Trayvon Hall, 30, was serving a three-year sentence for a gun conviction when he was indicted on racketeering charges last year. Federal prosecutors said Hall led the Baccwest Eight Tray Gangsters and the indictment alleged that he committed a murder and the crew he ran engaged in street violence, witness intimidation and recruitment efforts in correctional facilities.

Hall was ordered detained pending trial in the racketeering conspiracy, but The Baltimore Sun reported that when his gun conviction sentence ended last week the U.S. Marshals released him.

“Somehow, the U.S. Marshals didn’t check to verify whether there was anything else holding him, so they released him,” defense attorney Jose Molina said. “He was on the street from Thursday until yesterday.”

The mistake came to light Wednesday, when Hall appeared in court after his arrest Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty for a second time.

The U.S. Marshals could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

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