Former Kenyan student admits drug charge

BALTIMORE, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A young Baltimore man whose time at a Kenyan school was recorded for a TV documentary faces years in prison for selling cocaine.

Romesh Vance, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a drug gang that sold cocaine and crack at a housing project, The Baltimore Sun reported. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of 6 to 7 years.


Vance was 12 in 2002 when he was sent to Baraka, a school in Kenya founded by the Abell Foundation in 1996. He struggled during his year at the school but appeared to be finding himself.

The school closed in 2003 because of political chaos in Kenya, and Baraka was sent to a Mississippi school, although he soon dropped out. His struggles were chronicled in a documentary, "The Boys of Baraka," that aired in 2006 on the Public Broadcasting System.

Vance had another brush with TV, working as an extra on some episodes of "The Wire."

His records show a series of arrests for crimes that included murder, kidnapping and attempted murder when he was 18, 19 and 20, although charges were dropped, the Sun reported. He was in jail awaiting trial on the murder charge when he was indicted in the drug case.


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