Leader of downstate crime network sentenced to two life terms

GEORGETOWN – Steven Kellam, the leader of a violent crime network in Sussex and Kent counties, will spend the rest of his life in prison after receiving the maximum sentence allowed by a Superior Court judge.

Steven Kellam

Deputy Attorneys General Chris Hutchison and Martin Cosgrove prosecuted the case and secured the sentence of two life terms plus 769 years in prison.

A jury convicted Kellam, 37, of Seaford, last year for his involvement in a January 2014 home invasion robbery on Harmon’s Hill Road in Millsboro, during which Cletis Nelson and William Hopkins were shot and killed, in addition to several other crimes.

Kellam’s criminal enterprise was brought down in the summer of 2015 by a joint investigation by the Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Justice, called Operation “In the House.”

Kellam was convicted by a jury in November 2017 of two counts of murder first degree, one count of organized crime and racketeering, 27 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a Felony, and numerous other offenses.

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