4 Montgomery Bloods gang members get 2,000 months in prison | News
MONTGOMERY, AL- Four members of the Bloods street gang were sentenced Tuesday to a total of 2094 months in prison before Chief United States District Judge Keith Watkins for their involvement in a series of violent crimes.
Reco Mareese Daniels, age 30, was sentenced to 1044 months (87 years) in prison; Courtney Djaris Wilson, age 28, was sentenced to 894 (74 years) months in prison; and Willie George Tallie, age 26, and Anthony Darrell Tallie, age 32, were both sentenced to 78 (6.5 years) months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
In August of 2011, a federal grand jury indicted five members of the Blood street gang on conspiracy, carjacking, robbery, and firearms charges related to a series of violent crimes committed in Prattville, Pike Road, and Montgomery over a four-month period in 2009.
After the return of the indictment, Anthony Tallie pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking and brandishing a firearm during the course of that crime. Willie Talllie pleaded guilty to robbing a convenience store at gunpoint and brandishing a firearm during the robbery. Daniels and Wilson were found guilty by a jury of conspiring to use and carry firearms during multiple violent crimes. The jury also found Daniels and Wilson guilty of an attempted carjacking that occurred in Prattville, a home invasion and carjacking in Pike Road, and the robbery of a convenience store in Montgomery. Lastly, Daniels and Wilson were also each found guilty of discharging a firearm during those offenses.
The evidence at trial showed that the attempted carjacking in Prattville occurred on July 30, 2009, when Daniels and Wilson followed the victim of that offense to an apartment complex.
When the victim got out of his car, he was approached by Wilson and Anthony Tallie, both of whom were in possession of handguns. The evidence at trial further showed that the gun carried by Tallie was provided by Daniels. Wilson attacked the victim and struck him in the head with his gun before taking his car keys and cell phone. Wilson then attempted to drive away in the victim's vehicle, but was unsuccessful due to the vehicle's anti-theft features. After the failed carjacking, Wilson and Tallie fled from the scene in a van driven by Daniels.
The home invasion and carjacking in Pike Road occurred on August 1, 2009, when Daniels and Wilson forcefully entered the home of a family in the Bridlebrook subdivision in Pike Road and robbed the occupants at gunpoint. After the defendants made entry into the home, they restrained the occupants—to include a four-month old child—and pistol whipped one of the residents before putting him in handcuffs and placing him in the trunk of a car taken from the residence. Fortunately, the victim was able to escape from the car as Daniels and Wilson drove away from the residence.
On October 23, 2009, Daniels, Wilson and Willie Tallie robbed the Kwik Shop convenience store located at 565 N. Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery. In preparation for that robbery, the defendants stole a pick-up truck that Wilson and Tallie drove to the store. The surveillance video at the Kwik Shop captured Wilson and Tallie entering the store and Tallie pointing a handgun directly at the store clerk while he and Wilson emptied the cash register and stole the clerk's personal items, to include her purse. The evidence at trial showed that Daniels provided Tallie with the gun used during the robbery and that Daniels assisted Wilson and Tallie in fleeing from the scene in the aftermath of the robbery.
During the course of the trial, a substantial amount of evidence was introduced to demonstrate the defendants' links to the Bloods street gang. That evidence showed that all of the defendants, with the exception of Anthony Tallie, were members of the gang at the time that these crimes were committed. That evidence included photographs of Daniels' gang tattoos, photographs of the defendants making gang hand signs, and recorded phone calls between Daniels and Wilson in which they discussed the activities of the gang. Furthermore, the evidence at trial demonstrated that, during the course of the Pike Road home invasion and carjacking, Pierce wore clothing to indicate his affiliation with the Bloods and that Daniels repeatedly yelled out the name of the particular set of the Bloods with which the defendants were affiliated.
At the sentencing, Chief Judge Watkins increased both Daniels and Wilson sentences because they threaten to kill government witnesses. Daniels also received a sentencing enhancement for being the "OG" or leader of the Montgomery based Blood street gang.
"My office is dedicated to making sure the citizens of this district feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods," stated U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. "We will continue our efforts to take these violent criminals off the streets and keep them off the streets for as long as necessary to keep the streets safe."
"Today's sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Watkins sends an emphatic message to anyone who uses firearms to commit violent crimes or engage in gang activity in our community," explained William Bass, ATF Resident Agent in Charge. "There is no room for any person in our community to harm or intimidate others with a firearm. This conduct will not be tolerated."
The case was investigated as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Middle District of Alabama's "Alabama ICE" programs, aimed at preventing violent crime and the illegal possession of firearms. The investigation of this case was spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF") with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, the Montgomery County Sherriff's Office, the Prattville Police Department, the Montgomery Police Department, and the Auburn Police Department.
INFORMATION SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice