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Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Gang Shooting

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November 18, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas street gang member was sentenced today to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to murder a man during a 2004 shootout at the Buena Vista apartment complex in North Las Vegas, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Charles Richard, Jr., 22, a member of the Las Vegas hybrid street gang known as "Squad Up," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro. Richard pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to murder in furtherance of a racketeering enterprise and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Richard was one of several gang members who organized an ambush-style attack on a group of people at the Buena Vista Apartments in North Las Vegas on September 13, 2004. Richard was 16 years old at the time of the crime. Witnesses saw Squad Up members passing out guns about a week before the attack, following an argument over drug turf. A co-defendant, Donnie Bryant, fired into the group of people first, causing them to flee into the gunfire of the other attackers. Another co-defendant Jonathan Toliver stood behind a building at the end of an alleyway and fired at the victims who were running from co-defendant Bryant's gunfire. Victim Gilbert Henry sustained a fatal shot to his side, and four other individuals were shot, including Jarbirey Carter and a woman babysitting in a nearby apartment, who was shot in the hand as she shielded three small children from gunshots.

Jonathan Toliver and Donnie Bryant were convicted last year of violence in aid of a racketeering enterprise for the murder of Gilbert Henry and the attempted murders of the other individuals shot during the attack, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the FBI, North Las Vegas Police Department, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kathleen Bliss and Nancy J. Koppe.

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