SECOND SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT RETURNED CHARGING SIX DEFENDANTS FROM THE HOLLYGROVE NEIGHBORHOOD
TYRONNE STEVENSON, aka Duke, age 22; THERON GOLSTON, aka Thema, age 24; BERNELL WILLIAMS, aka Bussy, aka A-Boogie, age 22; WALTER CONLEY, aka Ike Neezy, age 23; NORMAN RATCLIFF, aka Turk, age 20; and MARK GLENN, age 25; all of New Orleans, Louisiana, were charged by a federal grand jury today in a thirty-four count second superseding indictment, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.All of the defendants in this case are in federal custody, as RATCLIFF was arrested yesterday on a federal arrest warrant stemming from this investigation. GLENN is currently in state custody in Jefferson Parish awaiting trial on separate armed robbery charges.
Co-conspirators CHINA STEWART, aka Ms. China, aka Mom, CAREY JONES, aka Bean, and RYAN CARROLL, aka Ronnie Boo, who were previously indicted in this case have already pled guilty to various counts of the indictment.
This new second superseding indictment adds RATCLIFF and GLENN as members of this criminal enterprise and also includes several additional acts of violence, including the murder of Eula May Ivey, that took place on June 14, 2010, and the two previous shootings of her grandson, Glinn Butler on April 10, 2009 and June 13, 2010.
According to the second superseding indictment, STEVENSON, GOLSTON, WILLIAMS, CONLEY, RATCLIFF, and GLENN are charged in Count 1 with a RICO conspiracy, which alleges that these individuals participated in violent crimes including murder, robbery, assault, and arson as well as the illegal distribution of drugs. These defendants are also charged in Count 2 with participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”) and a quantity of heroin and marijuana. In Count 3, all of the defendants are charged with conspiring to use and carry firearms during and in relation to their drug trafficking activities and the crimes of violence.
Several of the defendants are also charged with substantive firearms violations and other violent crimes in aid of racketeering (See Counts 4 - 31, 33, and 34 of the second superseding indictment). Specifically, CONLEY is charged in Counts 12 and 13 with the murder of Paul May, which took place on September 14, 2008. CONLEY is also charged in Counts 24and 25 with committing an armed carjacking in Jefferson Parish where he shot the victim and forcefully took the victim’s car on January 15, 2010. GOLSTON and RATCLIFF are charged in Counts 30 and 31 with the murder of Eula May Ivey, which took place on June 14, 2010. Several of these other counts involve the attempted murders and assaults that the listed defendants committed against rivals, who lived in the Pigeon Town area of the City.
According to the indictment the defendants, who were members and associates in fact of this criminal enterprise operated in an area of the City that historically encompassed the Hollygrove area of New Orleans, Louisiana. The boundaries of the area include South Carrollton Avenue, Earhart Boulevard, Interstate 10, and the Jefferson Parish line.
If convicted of these serious offenses, each of the defendants face up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, and five years of supervised release.
Specifically CONLEY, RATCLIFF and GOLSTON could face up to life in prison for the murders of Paul May (Count 12 and 13) and Eula May Ivey (Counts 30 and 31). The Attorney General of the United States has already determined that the Government will not seek the death penalty in this case.
U. S. Attorney Letten stated that this is just another example of how serious the federal government is in helping turn the tide the violence that is occurring in New Orleans right now. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (A.T.F.) have been working on this case for several months and have been steadfast in their resolve to bring several violent offenders to justice.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being investigated by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr.
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