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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

5 Elm Street Piru Bloods Gang Members Indicted for Conspiracy to Murder a Witness of the State of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina------U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced today that Brian Willie Benson Lewis, age 23, of Bishopville, South Carolina, Demetrius Jamal Cummings, age 24, of Greenville, South Carolina, Zanadro Miltaliano Neal, age 33, of Greenville, South Carolina, Darius Jacoby Brown, age 28, of Piedmont, South Carolina, and Antonio Williamson, age 30, of Florence, South Carolina, were charged in a four-count indictment with conspiracy to attempt to murder a witness of the State of South Carolina, in aid of racketeering activity, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1959(a)(5); conspiracy to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1959(a)(6); and conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(o).

It is alleged in the indictment that all five individuals are members of the Elm Street Piru Bloods.  Cummings was also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).  All five defendants were arraigned today in federal court.  The maximum penalty Lewis, Neal, Brown, and Williamson could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 20 years. The maximum penalty Cummings could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for Life.  This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joe Brewer of the Greenville office.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Updated November 21, 2017