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Tuesday - July 29, 2008

United States Attorney Addresses Recent Violent Crime

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding commented on concerns regarding violent criminal activity:

“As many are aware, the Raleigh area has experienced a recent spike in homicides and robberies, many of which are gang-related. Other gang-related crimes have also drawn recent attention. While local law enforcement bears the burden of investigating and prosecuting the majority of such crimes, particularly those involving juveniles, federal law enforcement is actively involved in this effort.

The United States Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies are working directly with the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office to vigorously and aggressively enforce the federal firearms and narcotics laws and take violent and repeat offenders, including gang members, off the streets. This effort also involves long-term investigations aimed at dismantling gang organizations.”

Recent federal prosecutions of gang members and associates in Raleigh include the following:

  • Timothy Devine, a top leader of the Gangsta Killer Bloods in Raleigh, was sentenced in January, 2008 to 22 years imprisonment following his federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Brian Curtis Autry, a high ranking member 9-Tre Bloods member, was sentenced on July 9, 2008 to 192 months’ imprisonment on federal drug and gun charges.
  • A high-ranking 9-Tre Bloods member was sentenced on July 24, 2008 to 106 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Two 9-Tre Blood associates – Anthony Terrell Russell and Ashley Bost – along with three other individuals, have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing on federal charges arising from two home-invasion robberies committed in Raleigh in September, 2007. Brandon Michael Jones, who is a validated member of the 9-Tre Bloods, has also been charged in connection with the robberies but has not yet entered a plea. Jones has also been charged in Wake County with a homicide that occurred during a home-invasion robbery in August, 2007.
  • Another 9-Tre Blood member charged in the August, 2007 homicide has also been charged federally with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both the federal and state charges are pending.
  • A member of the Gangsta Killer Bloods has been indicted federally on nine counts of robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce and nine counts of using and carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence.
  • Three associates of the Gangsta Killer Bloods in Raleigh have recently been charged with federal drug violations. One of the defendants has entered a guilty plea and is awaiting sentencing. The other two have not yet entered a plea.

In addition to its prosecutive efforts, the Department of Justice is also providing substantial financial support for local anti-gang efforts in the form of a $2.5 million grant toWake County and Durham. The grant allocates $1 million for law enforcement, $1 million for gang-prevention efforts, and $500,000 for anti-recidivism efforts directed at gang offenders who have completed their prison sentences. The Wake County portion of the grant is focusing on the southeast area of Raleigh that has the highest concentration of gang-related crime.

Mr. Holding commented further:

“We are working very diligently to focus all available federal resources on the problem of violent crime in the Eastern District. Partnering with our state and local counterparts, we are committed to safe communities in this federal district.”

 

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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