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Members of Detroit Vice Lords and Phantom Motorcycle Gang Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Racketeering

May 28, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Members of Detroit Vice Lords and Phantom Motorcycle Gang Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Racketeering

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A federal jury in Detroit convicted two members of the violent Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club and Vice Lords street gang, of racketeering and firearms charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan made the announcement.

The jury convicted Christopher Odum (aka Murder), 29, of Detroit, and William Frazier (aka Daytona), 37, on numerous charges listed in the indictment.

Odum, who is a member of the Detroit chapters of both the Phantoms and the Vice Lords, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.

Frazier, who is the Vice President of the Pontiac, Michigan, chapter of the Phantoms, convicted on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and one count of using and carrying firearms during and crime of violence.

The jury convicted the defendants of the following offenses:

Prosecutors accused the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, of being involved in a range of criminal activity including conspiracy to commit murder, shootings, robberies, extortion and the possession and sale of stolen vehicles and motorcycles.

The evidence also showed overlap between the leadership of the Phantoms and membership in the Vice Lords street gang, which assisted the Phantoms in various criminal endeavors, including searching for and violently attacking rivals of the Phantoms.

The indictment accused Frazier of shooting two men during an October 2012 altercation with the rival Zulus Motorcycle gang at the Columbus, Ohio clubhouse of the Toros Motorcycle Club.

The evidence at trial also showed that, on Sept. 8, 2013, Antonio Johnson, who was both the National President of the Phantoms and the “Three-Star General” over the Vice Lords in Michigan, ordered numerous Phantoms, including Christopher Odum, to rob the Satan Sidekicks Motorcycle Club, a rival motorcycle club.

During the attempted robbery, a Phantom member, Bryan Sorrell (aka PC) shot a Satan Sidekick member in the face. A few days later, Odum and another Phantom violently assaulted a prospective member of the Satan Sidekicks during another attempted robbery at a gas station.

Additionally, according to the evidence presented at trial, Johnson blamed the Hell Lovers Outlaw Motorcycle Club for a September 2013 murder of a Phantoms member, and ordered retaliatory murders that were to be carried out in three phases.

In the first phase, the Phantoms were to murder at least three members of the Hell Lovers in Detroit, which would have lured additional Hell Lovers to Michigan for the funeral.

In the second phase, the Phantoms were to murder all members of the Hell Lovers who would be at the Hell Lovers’ Detroit clubhouse following the funeral.

In the third phase, the Phantoms were to kill Hell Lovers in other cities throughout the country where the Phantoms had chapters.

In October 2013, ATF and FBI agents disrupted the mass murder plot.

During the trial, the government claimed investigators disrupted the murder plot as the Phantoms prepared for the first phase of the plan.

The murder plan included stockpiling firearms, conducting surveillance of their intended victims and assigning Phantom members and Vice Lords members to stalk and murder the intended victims. Odum participated in the murder plot.

This was the second of two recent trials in the prosecution of the Phantoms. On March 16, 2015, a jury convicted six leaders and members of the Phantoms, many of whom also were leaders and members of the Vice Lords, for various crimes.

Among those six convicted defendants were Johnson and Marvin Nicholson, who was both the National Enforcer of the Phantoms and a member of the Vice Lords.

The charges included RICO conspiracy involving murder, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, firearms offenses, and assault on federal officers. In addition, four defendants previously have pleaded guilty to charges, including RICO conspiracy and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and await sentencing.

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