Native Mob federal case: Eight more plead to lesser charges

Categories: Crime, Gangs

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Six of the original 24 remain.
Eight more alleged Native Mob gang members named in a federal indictment have pleaded guilty to considerably lesser charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The feds unsealed the indictment in January, the product of a federally orchestrated, statewide crackdown on the violent Native American gang. The indictment included 24 defendants, with charges ranging from drug dealing to attempted murder.

As of today, 17 have taken plea deals, all but one admitting to a single count of RICO conspiracy, a charge that allows for extended penalties for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

At least one more defendant is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Tuesday, according to a court clerk, meaning only six of the original 24 are still heading to trial as of publication. A trial date has yet to be set.

Here are the details on the eight who entered pleas in June:

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Eric Lee Bower.
Eric Lee Bower
Pleaded June 12 to RICO conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Eduardo Lopez-Villarubia a.k.a. "Furry Ed"
Pleaded June 15 to RICO conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Attempted murder in aid of racketeering.
-Assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
-Use and carrying of firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Alex John Jones a.k.a. "Bunz"
Pleaded June 12 to RICO conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
-Use and carrying of firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
-Use and carrying of firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
-Use and carrying of firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Attempted murder in aid of racketeering.
-Assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
-Use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

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Samuel Kyle White.
Samuel Kyle White
Pleaded June 12 to RICO conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
-Use and carrying of firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Kieron Keith Kier
Pleaded June 11 to RICO conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
-Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Cory Gene Oquist a.k.a. "Guns"
Pleaded June 11 to RICO Conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
-Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Shelby Gene Boswell a.k.a. "Sweets"
Pleaded June 11 to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-RICO conspiracy.
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.

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Stirling Michael Heaton.
Stirling Michael Heaton a.k.a. "Pitbull"
Pleaded June 15 to RICO conspiracy.

Charges dropped per plea agreement:
-Conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence.
-Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance
-Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and crime of violence.
-Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Previous Coverage:

  • COVER: The Banishing
  • Native Mob takedown: a closer look at the charges [PHOTOS]
  • Native Mob gang members plead to lesser charges in federal case


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