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Federal judge warns Crips gang member recently released from prison his life could be in danger

February 26, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge warns Crips gang member recently released from prison his life could be in danger

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A federal district court judge had a Crips gang member recently released from prison, but warned that his life could be in danger if he returned to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon, who presided over the case and sentenced Kendell Tealer for his role in a racketeering conspiracy, warned the senior member of the 40th Ave Crips gang that his safety could be compromised in Omaha.

Tealer had managed to evade a murder conviction in the 2010 slaying of Mickle Graham after prosecutors had concluded that there was little solid evidence.

Bataillon said the Douglas County District Attorney had previously contemplated charging Tealer with Graham’s murder but eventually decided not to prosecute.

Notwithstanding, federal prosecutors picked up the case and managed to successfully procure a grand jury indictment against Tealer for murder in aid of racketeering.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged in the indictment that Tealer gunned down Graham to death to advance his status within the Crips.

However, by December, federal prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss the murder charges, and Tealer eventually entered a guilty plea to racketeering conspiracy.

Tealer was initially charged with the murder of Mickle Graham before prosecutors decided to dismiss charges over lack of solid evidence

Fast forward to Wednesday afternoon, Tealer surpassed the legal hazards, but danger remains.

“Somebody thinks that you committed a murder,” Bataillon said. “Somebody on the streets is going to be looking for you.”

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the judge indicated authorities would also closely monitor the 30-year-old senior gang member and “seriously suggested” that he move out of the city.

Batallion said that Tealr’s three-year term of supervised release could continue outside Nebraska.

The RICO indictments charged Tealer and five other members of Omaha’s 40th and 44th Avenue Crips gangs – who sold crack cocaine, intimidated witnesses, and shot rivals.

On Wednesday, two other co-conspirators Brandon Heard, 25, and Julio Arias pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Arias admitted to selling 4.1 grams of crack cocaine during the course of three meetings with an undercover informant.

Heard also admitted to his role in selling 1.31 grams of crack in three such meetings.

The remaining co-conspirators include 32-year-old Jerell Haynie, charged with racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and discharge of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Greg Bahati, 21, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, issuing threats in aid of racketeering, and wielding a firearm during a violent crime; and Dionte Dortch, 22, was charged with RICO conspiracy and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

All three defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors relied on the witness testimony of a jailhouse informant to charge Tealer with murder.

According to the indictment, Tealer allegedly confessed to fatally shooting Graham.

However, the informant subsequently refused to testify after learning federal authorities would not provide a $10,000 payment to him relocate out of Omaha for his safety.

The Justice Department denied a request from Omaha federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty in the case.

 

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