Gang Members Plead Guilty to Racketeering Charges
Two members, including the top leader, of the Detroit branch of the Rollin 60s Crips street gang pleaded guilty yesterday to various racketeering and firearms offenses based on their roles in gang-related murders, shootings, and drug distribution. The guilty pleas are the result of the collaborative efforts of law enforcement and the community to reduce homicide and other violent crime under the Detroit One program, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch.
Joining in the announcement was S. Robin Shoemaker, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department.
According to the indictment, the Rollin’ 60s Crips is a national street gang founded in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1970s. In 2008, Jerome Hamilton, who pleaded guilty yesterday, started a Detroit line of the Rollin 60s, which now boasts approximately 150 members and who operated primarily on the west side of Detroit in the vicinity of Seven Mile and Tracey. The Rollin 60s Detroit chapter is a violent organization responsible for numerous assaults, robberies, carjackings and the unlawful possession and trafficking of firearms and narcotics in and around the Detroit metropolitan area over the last nine years. The gang uses violence as a means of retribution for acts done by rival gang members, to intimidate witnesses, and as a means for individuals to maintain or advance their position within the gang.
The leader, Jerome Hamilton, 24, of Southfield, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death. As part of the underlying racketeering activity, Hamilton took responsibility for the August 8, 2011 homicide of Kionte Atkins during a drive-by shooting and being involved in the distribution of marijuana as part of his membership with the Rollin 60s Crips. plea agreement calls for a sentence of 30 to 35 years in prison.
Another gang member, Roderek Perry, 22, of Detroit, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. According to his plea documents, Perry was a member of the Rollin 60s Crips from 2011 to 2016. Perry admitted to participating in the drive-by shooting of Kionte Atkins on August 8, 2011, as well as a June 20, 2012 attempted robbery that left Perry’s fellow gang member dead after Perry inadvertently killed him during the robbery. In addition, Perry sold narcotics to fund activities of the gang. Perry’s plea agreement calls for a sentence of 30 to 35 years in prison.
"Violence in our communities will not be tolerated and this investigation should serve as a warning to others threatening the safety of our citizens," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker. "ATF will continue to partner with our law enforcement partners to protect our neighborhoods from violent organized street gangs."
"Violent Gangs should have no place or acceptance in our communities. It should be clear from today's outcome that gang members cannot avoid responsibility for their crimes and law enforcement will not stop going after them,” said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI.
Hamilton and Perry are the tenth and eleventh members of the Rollin 60s Crips to plead guilty in this investigation. Other Rollin 60s Crips members have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy for acts involving carjackings, armed robberies, firebombing, unarmed robberies, and distributing narcotics on behalf of the gang. Those members are:
- Darriyon Mills, 25, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence;
- Jonathan Barber, 25, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy;
- Deaires Foster, 23, of Irondale, Alabama, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy;
- Timothy Price, 27, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy;
- Sadeisha Johns, 32, of West Bloomfield, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy;
- Soumo Kennedy, 23, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy;
- Brandon Kennedy, 23, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy;
- Charles Anthony Smith, 32, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy; and
- Tre Tigner, 23, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy.
Three other alleged members of the gang are scheduled to begin trial on July 11, 2017, before Chief Judge Denise Page Hood.
The case is being investigated by the ATF’s Comprehensive Violence Reduction Program, which includes representatives of the Detroit Police, Michigan State Police, and Michigan Department of Corrections, in coordination with the FBI Violent Crime Task Force, and Detroit Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eaton Brown and Shane Cralle.