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Alleged Gangster Disciples indicted for roles in 5 attempted murders

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Six alleged members of the violent Gangster Disciples gang were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for their roles in the attempted murders of five teenagers in South Memphis, Tennessee. Three alleged gang members previously had been charged in this case.

Ranito “Nito” Allen (35); Florence “Nikki” Anthony (36); Edwin “Ren” Carvin (38); Brandon “Lil Folk” Milton (30); and Erik “E” Reese (35), all of Memphis, Tennessee, were charged in a superseding indictment unsealed yesterday with five counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering and related firearms offenses. In addition, 29-year-old Candice Wesley of Memphis, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

According to the indictment, the defendants are members of the Gangster Disciples, which is a nationally-known organized street gang that originated in the Chicago area and spread to other regions of the United States, including the greater Memphis area. Authorities allege that members and associates of the Gangster Disciples engaged in acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault, as well as narcotics distribution and other criminal activities.

Specifically, the superseding indictment charges the defendants with participating in the attempted murders of five teenagers in South Memphis on or about June 21, 2014. They did so for the purpose of gaining entrance to, or maintaining or increasing their positions in, the Gangster Disciples.

Tony “Blue” Coburn (26); Robert “Rambo” Mallory (33); and Almeda “Big Heavy” Burgess (28), previously were charged in this case. Mallory remains charged in the superseding indictment. Coburn pleaded guilty on July 28, 2015, to his role in the shootings, and Burgess pleaded guilty on September 9, 2015, to being an accessory after the fact.

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