UPDATE: Leader of Del. criminal network sentenced

Steven Kellam, 37, of Seaford

A convicted leader of a Delaware criminal network was issued a sentence for his crimes which included over 700 years in prison. 

The Delaware Department of Justice says on Friday, 37-year-old Steven Kellam, of Seaford, was sentence to two life terms plus 769 years, the maximum time allowed by a Superior Court judge. Authorities say Kellam, the leader of a violent crime network in Sussex and Kent Counties, was convicted last year for his involvement in a January 2014 home invasion robbery that happened on Harmon's Hill Road, in Millsboro.

During the 2014 incident, Cletis Nelson and William Hopkins were shot and killed. 

Law enforcement reports that 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." 

In November 2017, Kellam was convicted of 2 counts of murder first degree, 1 count of organized crime and racketeering, 27 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, 3 counts of conspiracy second degree, 1 count of conspiracy first degree, 3 counts of home invasion, 2 counts of robbery first degree, 2 counts of assault second degree, 1 count of assault third degree, 2 counts of attempted robbery first degree, and 1 count of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.

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