PEORIA (HOI) - After seven weeks of evidence being presented in federal court, 13 members of a Peoria gang were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, acts of gang violence, murder, and attempted murder.
In a news release from the Department of Justice it said the gang called the 'Bomb Squad', "plagued the Peoria community with gun violence for years."
The 13 defendants were convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The defendants were found to be involved in Bomb Squad activity between 2013 and now involving assault, arson, murder, and attempted murder to protect the gang, its members, and associates from rival gangs.
The men convicted include:
Eugene Haywood (Nunu), 25
Raevaughn Rogers (Lil Poppi), 20
Kenwan Crowe, 21
Ezra Johnson (Lil Woody), 24
Jahlin Wilson (BD), 23
Andre Neal-Ford (Monkey Man), 21
Lance Washington, 23
Torieuanno White (T.A.), 25
Sherman Williams (Shady), 25
Lloyd Dotson, 29
Keith Gregory (Kilo), 20
Mytrez Flora (Trez), 25
Kentrevion Watkins (Tutu), 21
Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said in the release, “I would personally like to commend the officers and agencies involved in this investigation for the outstanding work that was done. Due to their hard work, several of Peoria’s most violent criminals have been taken off the street and they will no longer be able to inflict violence upon our community.”
Sentencing is scheduled for mid-June. Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, and some could face life in prison. The men were all arrested back in June of 2018.