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VOL. 130 | NO. 189 | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Alleged Gang Members Face Federal Racketeering Charges

By Bill Dries

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Six alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang have been charged with attempted murder to aid racketeering, federal prosecutors announced Monday, Sept. 28, as they unsealed the indictments returned Sept. 24 in Memphis federal court.

The alleged gang members are charged in the June 21, 2014, attack that critically injured five teenagers at the Hillview Park Apartments, 2119 E. Alcy Road. The teenagers, who are referred to only by their initials in the indictment, were shot and wounded as a car drove into the complex, stopped, several people got out and opened fire.

At the time, police said they believed it was an escalation of an ongoing dispute with someone in the apartment complex.

The federal grand jury indictment returned last week accuses Robert Mallory, Ranito Allen, Florence Anthony, Edwin Carvin, Brandon Milton and Erik Reese all worked with each other in the attack “for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing position in the Gangster Disciples, an enterprise engaged in racketeering activity.”

All six are also accused of firearms violations, specifically for using and carrying a gun in a crime of violence. In addition, Mallory, Allen and Carvin are charged with being felons in possession of firearms.

The grand jury also indicted Candies Wesley for being an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping the others “in order to hinder and prevent the apprehension, trial and punishment of the defendants.”

The new charges replaces an original federal indictment that charged only Mallory in the attack.

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