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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 5, 2022

Long-Time Leader of South L.A. Street Gang Sentenced to 35 Years in Federal Prison for Racketeering Activity that Included Murder

          LOS ANGELES – A long-time senior leader of the South Los Angeles-based East Coast Crips (ECC) street gang was sentenced late this afternoon to 420 months in federal prison for a series of criminal acts, including his participation in the 2014 murder of a rival gang member.

          Paul Gary Wallace, 56, a.k.a. “Little Doc” and “Uncle Bill,” of South Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge André Birotte Jr.

          At the conclusion of an 11-day trial in April 2022, a federal jury found Wallace guilty of one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations (RICO) Act and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

         ; Wallace was a member of the ECC for more than 30 years and rose to become the leader and most influential member of the gang’s “6-Pacc” set, a part of the gang responsible for control over territory in South Los Angeles.

          He maintained his control over the gang through violence and intimidation. Wallace murdered and conspired to commit murder to enhance the gang’s violent reputation, to enhance his status within the gang, to retaliate against rivals, and to enforce discipline within the gang.

          As a gang leader, Wallace’s other criminal conduct included selling drugs in ECC territory, extorting local businesses, presiding over robberies, and engaging in other acts of violence, including intimidation, assaults and shootings against the gang’s rivals.

          The jury specifically found that on November 13, 2014, Wallace participated in the murder of a rival gang member. The murder weapon, an AK-47-style rifle, was later found in Wallace’s van.

          “[Wallace] wreaked havoc on the community and neighborhoods controlled by the ECC, destroying lives with his violence and gang activity,” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum. “The impact of his violent conduct on the victims, their families, and the community will be felt for years and, for the most unfortunate, the rest of their lives.”

          The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department investigated this matter.

          Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey M. Chemerinsky of the Violent and Organized Crime Section prosecuted this case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Ciaran McEvoy Public Information Officer ciaran.mcevoy@usdoj.gov (213) 894-4465
Press Release Number: 
22-153
Updated August 5, 2022