Montgomery Bloods Convicted in Violent Crime Conspiracy
Montgomery, Alabama - United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. announced today that five individuals that were either members of or associated themselves with the Bloods street gang in Montgomery, Alabama have been convicted for their involvement in a series of violent crimes that occurred in 2009. 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, were indicted in August of 2011 by a federal grand jury on conspiracy, carjacking, robbery, and firearms charges related to a series of violent crimes committed in Prattville, Pike Road, and Montgomery over a four-month period in 2009.
After the return of the Indictment, Anthony Darrell Tallie and Willie George Tallie entered pleas of guilty to the crimes with which they were charged. Anthony Tallie pled guilty to attempted carjacking and brandishing a firearm during the course of that crime. Willie Talllie pled guilty to robbing a convenience store at gunpoint and brandishing a firearm during the robbery. Last Friday, a jury returned guilty verdicts against Daniels, Wilson and Pierce after a week-long trial in federal court in Montgomery.
The jury found Daniels, Wilson, and Pierce guilty of conspiring to use and carry firearms during multiple violent crimes. The jury found Daniels and Wilson guilty of an attempted carjacking that occurred in Prattville, a home invasion and carjacking in Pike Road, and the robbery of a convenience store in Montgomery. Pierce was convicted of participating in the Pike Road home invasion and carjacking with Daniels and Wilson. Daniels, Wilson, and Pierce were also each found guilty of discharging a firearm during that offense.
The evidence at trial showed that the attempted carjacking in Prattville occurred on July 30, 2009, when Daniels and Wilson followed the victim of that offense to an apartment complex. When the victim got out of his car, he was approached by Wilson and Anthony Tallie, both of whom were in possession of handguns. The evidence at trial further showed that the gun carried by Tallie was provided by Daniels. Wilson attacked the victim and struck him in the head with his gun before taking his car keys and cell phone. Wilson then attempted to drive away in the victim’s vehicle, but was unsuccessful due to the vehicle’s anti-theft features. After the failed carjacking, Wilson and Tallie fled from the scene in a van driven by Daniels.
The home invasion and carjacking in Pike Road occurred on August 1, 2009, when Daniels, Wilson and Pierce forcefully entered the home of a family in the Bridlebrook subdivision in Pike Road and robbed the occupants at gunpoint. After the defendants made entry into the home, they restrained the occupants—to include a four-month old child—and pistol whipped one of the residents before putting him in handcuffs and placing him in the trunk of a car taken from the residence. Fortunately, the victim was able to escape from the car as Daniels, Wilson, and Pierce drove away from the residence.
On October 23, 2009, Daniels, Wilson and Willie Tallie robbed the Kwik Shop convenience store located at 565 N. Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery. In preparation for that robbery, the defendants stole a pick-up truck that Wilson and Tallie drove to the store. The surveillance video at the Kwik Shop captured Wilson and Tallie entering the store and Tallie pointing a handgun directly at the store clerk while he and Wilson emptied the cash register and stole the clerk’s personal items, to include her purse. The evidence at trial showed that Daniels provided Tallie with the gun used during the robbery and that Daniels assisted Wilson and Tallie in fleeing from the scene in the aftermath of the robbery.
During the course of the trial, a substantial amount of evidence was introduced to demonstrate the defendants’ links to the Bloods street gang. That evidence showed that all of the defendants, with the exception of Anthony Tallie, were members of the gang at the time that these crimes were committed. That evidence included photographs of Daniels’ gang tattoos, photographs of the defendants making gang hand signs, and recorded phone calls between Daniels and Wilson in which they discussed the activities of the gang. Furthermore, the evidence at trial demonstrated that, during the course of the Pike Road home invasion and carjacking, Pierce wore clothing to indicate his affiliation with the Bloods and that Daniels repeatedly yelled out the name of the particular set of the Bloods with which the defendants were affiliated.
The defendants face varying degrees of punishment for their crimes and are expected to be sentenced later this summer. Daniels and Wilson face a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in federal prison with a maximum of life. Pierce faces a maximum punishment of 25 years for the Pike Road home invasion and carjacking, and a mandatory minimum of ten years with a maximum term of life in prison for discharging a firearm during that offense. Any sentence for the firearm charges must be served consecutively to any sentence that any defendant receives for the conspiracy, carjacking, or robbery. There is no parole from federal prison.
The case was investigated as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Middle District of Alabama’s “Alabama ICE” programs, aimed at preventing violent crime and the illegal possession of firearms. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama has recently placed a particular emphasis on targeting violent street gangs for prosecution. United States Attorney George L. Beck stated, "After years of living with the memories, the verdict in this case brings much needed justice and peace to the victims and their families. My office is dedicated to helping to make sure the citizens of this district feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods."
The investigation of this case was spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, the Prattville Police Department, the Montgomery Police Department, and the Auburn Police Department. ATF Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson commented, “Crimes like car jackings, home invasions and armed robbery will always be a priority of ATF and the law enforcement partners in this investigation. This type of violence jeopardizes innocent life in a matter of seconds.” Anderson further stated, “Our investigative work aims at preventing individuals from becoming victims in the future. People should be able to drive their cars, spend time at home with their families, and go about their daily routines at work without fear of becoming the victim of a violent crime.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon K. Essig and Monica A. Stump.
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