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May 12, 2010

WICHITA MAN SENTENCED TO 17+ YEARS IN RACKETEERING CASE

WICHITA, KAN. - Corey Cornelius, 31, Wichita has been sentenced to 210 months in federal prison on racketeering charges, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said today.

Cornelius was convicted April 15, 2009, when a federal jury found him guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit a racketeering and corruption organizations (RICO) offense, one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Cornelius was a member of the Crips street gang in Wichita and took part in a conspiracy to preserve, protect and expand the power of the gang through unlawful activities. Evidence showed Cornelius operated a crack house with other Crips located near 16th and Estelle in Wichita. He sold crack cocaine and marijuana to members of the Crips.

Co-defendants include:


Marteaus Carter, who was sentenced to 120 months.
Cortez Grayson, who was sentenced to 96 months.
Sycarr Greenley, who was sentenced to 96 months.
Mario Hutton, who was sentenced to 96 months.
Calvin Williams, who was sentenced to 84 months.
Elton Profit, who was sentenced to 78 months.
Junian Johnson, who was sentenced to 76 months.
Jermal Campbell, who was sentenced to 64 months.

Welch commended the Wichita Police Department for leading the federal investigation. The police department’s Cold Case Task Force included members from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Housing and Urban Development - Office of Inspector General; Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office; the U.S. Marshal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Also assisting with the investigation were the Kansas Department of Health and Human Services; the state Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control; the Kansas Attorney General’s Office; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley prosecuted the case.

 

 

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