Ismael Malik Wilson, 29, Travon McCoy, 23, and Robert Bryant, 24, were convicted of forcing their way into the Elmley Avenue house of Mary McNeil Matthews, 39, in December 1999, and fatally shooting her, her mother, Mary Helen Collien, 56; Matthews' daughter, Makisha Jenkins, 18; and two family friends who were cousins by marriage, Levanna Spearman, 23, and Trennell Alston, 26. Each of the men received five consecutive life sentences without parole (one for each victim), another life sentence for conspiracy to commit murder and an additional 110 years for other crimes related to the murders. The crimes gained national attention and became emblematic of the deadly drug wars that have devastated many Baltimore neighborhoods