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Tag: Hilltop Crips

Sep.
3rd

Suspected Hilltop Crip sentenced to prison for conspiracy, robbery, car theft

A man with a long criminal history was sentenced today to 10 years, eight months in prison after being convicted of three crimes connected to the crackdown on the Hilltop Crips street gang.

A jury last month found Kenneth Hawkins, 39, guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Prosecutors argued Hawkins and several other suspected Crips beat and robbed a man of his car in August 2009 outside a bar on South Tacoma Way.

Superior Court Judge John McCarthy cited Hawkin’s criminal history – 19 felony convictions since 1983 – in handing down

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Aug.
19th

Man swept up in Tacoma gang crackdown off to prison

A Pierce County judge this afternoon sentenced a man accused of being a leader of the Hilltop Crips street gang to two years, nine months in prison.

Jamal R. Henry, 27, pleaded guilty in June to one count of possessing stolen property. Henry wrote in plea documents that he wasn’t guilty but acknowledged he’d likely be convicted at trial.

He had been charged with the more serious offense of leading organized crime, but prosecutors cut a deal after determining it would be difficulty to convict him of that charge.

Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorenson asked for a high-end sentence

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July
28th

Pierce County jury convicts man in Hilltop Crips case

A Pierce County jury deliberated for less than three hours this week before convicting a 39-year-old man of three crimes connected to a crackdown on the Hilltop Crips street gang.

Kenneth Hawkins is to be sentenced Aug. 6 after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and car theft, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. Prosecutors argued he and a number of other suspected Crips beat and robbed a man of his car in August 2009 at a bar on South Tacoma Way.

The jury delivered its verdict Tuesday after a four-day trial. Jurors did not make

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July
16th

Three Hilltop Crips off to prison in shooting

Three suspected members of the Hilltop Crips street gang were sentenced this afternoon for their roles in a Tacoma shooting that left a man badly injured.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge James Orlando sentenced Randall Marquise Embry to 64 years in prison; Andre Terrell Parker to 31 years in prison; and Bryant Deshean Morgan to 29 years in prison.

A jury convicted them last month of attempted murder in an attack on a man outside McCabe’s American Music Cafe, 2611 Pacific Ave, in February 2009.

Prosecutors contended that Parker, 28, had a beef with the victim and that Morgan, 26,

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July
6th

Another guilty plea in Hilltop Crips case

Another man swept up during the crackdown on Tacoma’s Hilltop Crips street gang pleaded guilty today.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Linda Lee sentenced Troy Lee Justice to one year, three months in prison.

Justice, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and one count of riot.

Prosecutors contended Justice took part in a December 2008 melee at a Tacoma Denny’s restaurant in which a security guard was beaten. Shots were fired in the parking lot following the fight inside.

Authorities say several members of the Hilltop Crips were involved in the fracas. Justice has

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May
26th

Single massive trial seems unlikely in Crips case

A Pierce County judge said today he’s 99.999 percent sure he’ll divide the defendants in the Hilltop Crips conspiracy case into groups for trial.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle’s comments come after he ruled last week that prosecutors cannot pursue a vast conspiracy case against the 20 remaining defendants.

Felnagle said during a hearing today that he is leaning heavily toward grouping nine defendants charged in a December 2008 fracas at a Tacoma Denny’s restaurant for one trial, four defendants charged in a July 2009 robbery at another Tacoma restaurant for another and requiring individual trials for everyone else.

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May
24th

UPDATED: Final suspect in alleged Hilltop Crips conspiracy case now in custody

The last of the suspected street gang members accused in a broad conspiracy case has been taken into custody.

Kerry Edwards, 17, was arrested Friday night after a short chase with Pierce County sheriff’s deputies. Edwards was arraigned Monday on several charges connected to the conspiracy case against purported members of the Hilltop Crips. He was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million.

Edwards is the last defendant in the Hilltop Crips case to be taken into custody. He’s been charged with 14 crimes in connection with that case. In addition to conspiracy, he’s charged with

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May
21st

Judge: Prosecutors can’t pursue vast conspiracy case against Crips

Pierce County prosecutors cannot pursue a vast conspiracy case against suspected members of the Hilltop Crips street gang, a judge ruled Friday.

Instead, prosecutors must identify specific crimes alleged members of the Tacoma street gang conspired to commit and prosecute them on those facts only, Superior Court Judge Thomas Felnagle said.

Prosecutors had hoped to prove a general conspiracy case against the Crips, arguing that joining the gang was in fact joining a criminal conspiracy. They modeled their theory on similar approaches in other parts of the country and said that, if successful, such a prosecution could be a powerful

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