Gang Member Sentenced To Prison After Lying To Grand Jury
Keno Deandre Lane, aka Savage, 25, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced on October 6, 2017, to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for making a false declaration before a grand jury, announced United States Attorney Donald Q. Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee.
Lane was indicted in April 2016 and pleaded guilty earlier this year to lying to a grand jury, obstructing justice and being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm.
“Serious consequences, including significant time in federal prison, await those who choose to lie during a grand jury proceeding,” said U.S. Attorney Cochran. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will vigorously prosecute those who impede the grand jury’s work by giving false testimony or otherwise interfere with this critical part of the criminal justice system.”
According to court documents, Lane was a Five Deuce Hoover Crip gang member and on September 11, 2015, Metropolitan Nashville Police officers encountered Lane, who was in possession of a firearm. Subsequent investigation determined that this firearm was originally taken during the armed robbery of a Cricket Wireless store near the J.C. Napier neighborhood on January 22, 2015. This same firearm was later used in three armed robberies, as well as the murder of Isaiah Starks, aka Blue, which occurred on February 9, 2015 in the J.C. Napier public housing development. Lane was later subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating those crimes, and intentionally lied to the grand jury about when and how he obtained that firearm.
Three other defendants, Aweis Haji-Mohammed, Marquis Brandon, and Reginald Johnson, are charged in connection with this case and their cases are pending. They are presumed innocent of the charges against them unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department – Gang Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sunny A.M. Koshy.