Rolling Crips Gang Member Sentenced to 249 Months in Prison for Racketeering & Firearm Convictions
Las Vegas, Nev. - A Rolling 60s Crips street gang member was sentenced today to 249 months in prison for his guilty pleas to racketeering and firearm charges, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan handed down the sentence against ANTONIO GIVENS, aka Riddler, age 34, of Las Vegas. GIVENS pleaded guilty in May to Conspiracy to Engage in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence. He was sentenced to 165 months in prison for the RICO charge and seven years in prison for the firearm charge, a minimum mandatory period of imprisonment that must served consecutively to the RICO charge.
GIVENS was one of 21 defendants originally charged in an 80-count Indictment returned on August 12, 2003. An 88-count Superseding Indictment was filed on March 23, 2004, adding charges and another defendant.
In his guilty plea agreement, GIVENS admitted that he was associated with the Rolling 60s Crips gang in Las Vegas. GIVENS admitted that the gang primarily made its money selling crack cocaine, and controlled the sale of drugs in an area of Las Vegas known as West Las Vegas by using guns and violence. This included threatening witnesses with arson, physical abuse and murder, and committing drive-by shootings of witnesses' cars and apartments to deter them from providing reports to law enforcement. GIVENS admitted they "jump in" new gang members, and teach them how to sell drugs and protect other gang members. GIVENS admitted the gang members operated drug houses or "spots," in apartments or hotel rooms for the purpose of selling drugs. GIVENS admitted that he committed the following robberies in Las Vegas by using force, violence and fear of injury, and in the last case, by also brandishing a firearm:
1. May 3, 1995 robbery of the Albertson's grocery store at 3864 West Sahara;
2. May 24, 1995 robbery of the Ambassdor Hotel at 916 Fremont Street; and
3. July 7, 2002 robbery of the Gold Spike Casino
GIVENS is the 7th of the 22 defendants charged to be convicted. Trial for the other defendants is currently scheduled for February 8, 2005, at 8:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks.
The case is being investigated by the FBI's Violent Crime Squad, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Henderson Police Department, the North Las Vegas Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Bliss.