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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Detroit Street Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Murdering Two People as Part of a Racketeering Conspiracy

DETROIT – A Detroit street gang member pleaded guilty to murdering a rival gang member and an innocent 13-year-old bystander as part of a racketeering conspiracy, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today.


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


According to court records, Edwin Mills, 32, of Detroit, Michigan, admitted to being a member of the “6 Mile Chedda Grove” gang, which is a street gang that operates on the eastside of Detroit. 6 Mile Chedda Grove is a violent organization responsible for murders, assaults, robberies, and narcotics trafficking in the Detroit metropolitan area and in other states. The gang used violence to retaliate against rivals and to advance members’ positions within the gang.


As a part of his plea, Mills admitted to participating in the 2015 murder of a rival gang member and an innocent bystander. According to plea documents, Mills was with another gang member when he saw the rival in a car outside of a market in the eastside of Detroit. Mills and a co-conspirator killed the rival gang member and an innocent bystander when they fired multiple shots at the vehicle. Mills and his fellow gang member also seriously injured two other people who had been sitting on the hood of the car at which Mills had been firing.


When authorities had first arrested Mills and searched his residence, they found two AK-47 rifles, a pistol, several hundred rounds of ammunition, multiple loaded “magazines” of ammunition (including loaded AK-47 magazines taped together (allegedly “for faster re-loading”), and a bayonet.
Mills is the last of the eleven members of 6 Mile Chedda Grove to be convicted. Ten other gang members have previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the gang.


“Edwin Mills admitted to committing violent crimes, including murder, as a member of the 6 Mile street gang. Tragically, while retaliating against a rival gang member, Mills shot and killed an innocent 13-year-old bystander,” said U.S. Attorney Ison. “Two other minor children were
also injured by his actions. This case represents how violent crime, particularly gun violence, devastates our community, and why I will use every resource of the federal government to bring those who commit violence to justice.”


Sentencing for Mills is set for February 2, 2023. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Mills faces a sentence of 25 years in prison.

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.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated October 19, 2022