If you need to know anything about Darryl Whiting’s reign as top kingpin of Roxbury, just know that people called him “God.” At his apex, Whiting had 100 people under him, some of whom were neighborhood kids that he recruited through his social club, one of several businesses he owned. However, the drug lord known for his flamboyant style and “efforts to portray himself as a role model for young people” was convicted for running a multi-million dollar drug enterprise, emanating from the Orchard Park housing development, and sentenced to life in prison. LL Cool J’s “God” character in the movie In Too Deep is loosely based on Whiting. However, at the age of 60, Whiting is looking for a sentence reduction in light of federal policy changes.
Whiting’s 1991 conviction made history, because he was the first person sentenced to life in prison for drug dealing, according to the Boston Globe. He was also charged with murdering a rival in the game, but that charge was dropped. During the trial, he reportedly yelled out, “Call this the second trial of Jesus Christ!’’
In 2014, after the US Sentencing Commission adopted new guidelines for drug offenses, he filed a motion for a reduction of his prison term. The reduction he seeks would make him eligible for release in 2017. It was all good, until prosecutors found out about a book he published behind bars. The Globe reports:
Federal prosecutors initially backed his request but then abruptly withdrew their support in May. The withdrawl came after they learned that Whiting had published a novel behind bars in which a fictional character by the same name who is jailed for the same crimes is released from custody and takes revenge on witnesses who testified against him. In the novel, one of the witnesses is buried alive.
Whiting’s lawyer says the book is “a far cry from constituting evidence of a malicious intent or a revengeful plan.” Nevertheless, the 60-year-old Whiting will have a shot at coming home on February 11. He will be transported to the US District Court in Boston from Kentucky, where he is serving his time.