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Four Pittsburgh Residents Plead Guilty To Racketeering Charges

February 9, 2011

WASHINGTON ‑ Four residents of Pittsburgh, Penn., have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiring to conduct a racketeering enterprise, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania announced today.

Terrell Henson, 25, Michael Henson, 29, Lynn Gibson, 26, and Michael Wade, 24, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy before Senior U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond.

According to the guilty pleas, all four defendants participated in an enterprise, the activities of which affected interstate and foreign commerce, through a pattern of racketeering activity.  The activity consisted of multiple acts involving robbery, attempted murder, distribution of narcotic drug controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine, and acts of obstruction of justice and intimidation.  These are four of 26 defendants charged in February 2010 with being members of, and conducting racketeering activity through, a criminal organization known as the Brighton Place/Northview Heights Crips street gang that operated on the North Side of Pittsburgh.  This prosecution resulted from a Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force investigation that began in 2005.

Terrell Henson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2011, at 10 a.m.; Michael Henson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2, 2011, at 11 a.m.; Lynn Gibson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2011, at 12 p.m.; and Michael Wade is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.  All four defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

These charges are part of a coordinated national effort to combat gangs and gang-related violence through federal prosecutions of members and associates. The Department of Justice announced today that more than 40 members of various street gangs have been charged in indictments or criminal complaints unsealed today in five judicial districts.  In total, 112 defendants have been charged, pled guilty or been sentenced in February 2011 as part of this ongoing effort involving U.S. Attorneys' Offices across the country, the Criminal Division's Gang Unit, and federal, state and local law enforcement partners.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles A. Eberle of the Western District of Pennsylvania and Trial Attorney Kevin Rosenberg of the Criminal Division's Gang Unit.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Police, and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Terrell Henson, Michael Henson, Lynn Gibson, and Michael Wade.

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