Montgomery Blood Gang Members Indicted for Violent Crime Spree
Montgomery, Alabama - The Montgomery Blood gang members indicted for violent crime spree is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Middle District of Alabama’s “Alabama ICE” programs which is aimed at preventing violent crime and the illegal possession of firearms. The United States Attorney’s Office is dedicated to prosecuting violent street gangs in the Middle District of Alabama. United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., stated, “As long as violent street gangs are active in our communities, the peace and safety of the people in those communities are in jeopardy. Our office will continue to work with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute violent criminal offenders in order to restore peace to our neighborhoods and seek justice for crime victims.”
A federal grand jury indicted Reco Mareese Daniels, age 30, Courtney Djaris Wilson, age 28, Willie George Tallie, age 26, Anthony Darrell Tallie, age 32, and Damien Michael Pierce, age 27, on carjacking, robbery, and firearms charges related to a series of violent crimes committed in Autauga and Montgomery Counties, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
The indictment charges that each of the five men was a member or an associate of the Bloods street gang. Daniels, Wilson and Tallie are charged with an attempted carjacking in Prattville and the robbery of the Kwik Shop convenience store on the Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery. Additionally, Daniels, Wilson and Pierce are charged with a carjacking in Pike Road. Wilson was separately charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
At arraignment, Daniels, Wilson, Willie Tallie, and Anthony Tallie, all pled not guilty before a federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court in Montgomery. Pierce is currently pending arraignment. All defendants are currently in custody, and trial has been set for February 6, 2012.
If convicted of all counts in the indictment, Daniels and Wilson face a minimum of 57 years in federal prison. Anthony Tallie and Pierce face a maximum sentence of 25 years for their respective carjacking offenses, and at least seven years in prison for using firearms in relation to those offenses. Willie Tallie faces a maximum punishment of 20 years for the convenience store robbery, and at least seven years in prison for using a firearm in relation to that offense. Any sentence for firearm charges is in addition to the sentence that any defendant receives for the conspiracy, carjacking, or robbery. There is no parole from federal prison.
The investigation of this case was spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) with the assistance of the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, the Prattville Police Department, and the Montgomery Police Department. ATF Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson commented, “These charges identify serious criminal activity alleged against the Bloods in the greater Montgomery area and are typical of gangs throughout the country. ATF and our law enforcement partners continue to develop cases geared at removing offenders who insist on their involvement in senseless acts of violence, gun crime and the illegal possession of firearms. Without a doubt, those who choose to follow a criminal gang lifestyle will be held accountable and will likely face hard prison time.”
Beck cautions that an indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon K. Essig and Monica A. Stump.
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