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Notorious New Orleans gangster Telly Hankton convicted in murder racketeering trial

June 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Notorious New Orleans gangster Telly Hankton convicted in murder racketeering trial

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An infamous crime boss, once considered one of New Orleans’ most dangerous criminals, was found guilty Tuesday on nine of twelve twelve counts, including three murders along with various drugs and weapons charges listed in a federal racketeering indictment that dates back to the mid-1990s.

After three days of deliberation, a federal jury convicted Telly Hankton, who is already behind bars serving a life sentence for a state murder conviction, along with three co-conspirators, Walter Porter, an alleged hitman, and Hankton’s cousins: Andre Hankton, and Kevin Jackson.

All four men are facing life sentences for their roles in the racketeering conspiracy. Federal officials said that they would not seek the death penalty.

The courtroom’s atmosphere was relatively calm as U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman read the verdict out loud, although Walter Porter, who was found guilty of three murders, complained, “It’s a railroad.”

Andre Hanton and Kevin Jackson were each found guilty of at least one murder during the trial.

Although the case began with 13 defendants, that number drastically decreased after plea deals were issued, including the gang leader’s mother, Shirley Hankton, who pleaded guilty to racketeering in May, Nola.com reported.

Authorities in New Orleans had labeled Telly Hankton “one of the city’s most dangerous criminals,” after the 2011 execution of 61-year-old Curtis Mathews, the brother of 70-year-old John Mathews, who was a witness in another homicide investigation.

Following the slaying, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, held a press conference at the time with other city officials in front of the shop where the shooting took place and declared “We’re coming to get you.”

John Mathews, who survived an attempt on his life after two men forced their way into his home and shot him 17 times, testified how he saw Hankton pump eight bullets into Darnell Scott following a car chase in 2008.

His testimony would help put Hankton away for life.

A jury also convicted Porter for his role in Curtis Matthew’s killing on Tuesday and for being one of the alleged triggermen in the attempt on John Mathews’ life.

The judge scheduled sentencing for November 9th.

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