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Youngstown man indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with testimony during lSP Gang trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 2, 2012

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Marquise J. Wilkins, age 23, of Youngstown, Ohio, in connection with perjury and obstruction of justice, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The four-count indictment charges that Marquise J. Wilkins gave sworn testimony in the LSP gang trial that was inconsistent with previous sworn statements he had made before the Grand Jury. Specifically, Wilkins testified on June 15, 2012 that he did not have a conversation with Daquann Hackett regarding who lead the LSP street gang. On Nov. 22, 2011, Wilkins testified before the grand jury that Hackett that he was in charge of LSP, according to the indictment.

Wilkins also made contradictory statements about which gangs LSP feuding with and other relevant facts, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the sentence in this case will be determined by the Court after consideration of the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to each case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s roles in the offense and the unique characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel J. Riedl following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

An indictment is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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