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Detroit Street Gang Leader Sent to Prison for 25 Years for Murdering Two People as Part of a Racketeering Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT – A leader of a Detroit street gang was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for murdering two people, one of them an innocent 13-year-old bystander, as part of a racketeering conspiracy, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James A. Tarasca, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

Edwin Mills, aka “Edboy,” age 33, of Detroit, was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith. Mills had pleaded guilty to his crimes before Judge Goldsmith in October 2022.

Mills and ten other members of the “6 Mile Chedda Grove” gang were indicted in 2016 for racketeering offenses. According to court records, Mills admitted to being a member of the street gang, which operated on the eastside of Detroit. 6 Mile Chedda Grove was a violent organization responsible for murders, assaults, robberies, and narcotics trafficking in the Detroit metropolitan area and in other states. All eleven charged members of the gang have now been convicted and sentenced.

As a part of his guilty plea, Mills admitted to participating in the 2015 murder of two people. According to plea documents, Mills was with another gang member, Carlo Wilson, when they saw an individual with whom they had been feuding in a car outside of a market on the eastside of Detroit. Mills and Wilson then shot into the car, killing the individual and a 13-year-old passenger. Mills and Wilson also seriously injured two children who had been sitting on the hood of the car. Wilson pled guilty to the murders, and he was previously sentenced by Judge Goldsmith to 25 years in prison.     

“Today’s sentence closes the book on a violent gang that terrorized an entire neighborhood,” U.S. Attorney Ison said. “The community is safer with these men off the streets.”

“Guns and drugs take the lives of far too many people in our communities, and Edwin Mills - as a leader of the ‘6 Mile Chedda Grove’ gang - contributed to the devastating impact of both on Detroit’s Eastside,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. "The FBI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to address the threat of gang violence in our neighborhoods. The lengthy sentence Mills received today sends a strong message that we will not tolerate criminal enterprises using violence to further their agendas.”

The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Moran and Andrew R. Picek.

Updated May 9, 2023

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