York City gang member sentenced to life in prison

Another member of York City's Southside gang will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday, Dec. 12, that Douglas "Killer" Kelly, 39, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the gang.

This Southside gang graffiti taunted law enforcement, but a joint investigation into Southside that led to federal indictments against 21 purported gang members disproved that taunting claim.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office)

Kelly was convicted in federal court in November 2015 for racketeering and drug trafficking. The 11 other men who went to trial with him were convicted as well.

U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane sentenced Kelly on Tuesday. According to the release, Kelly was part of the Southside gang and was a member of the "Bloods," as well.

Kelly: Kane said during sentencing the Southside gang, which Kelly originated, ravaged the York City community and caused "numerous deaths and many other victims," according to the release.

Kelly was convicted of attempted murder in New York when he was 15 for shooting an 8-year-old in the head with a shotgun, the release states. The government noted that his criminal conduct didn't dissipate but rather continued because he was one of the original sources of drugs and guns to the Southside gang.

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Kane said Kelly was comparable to the two leaders of the group, Rolando Cruz Jr. and Mark Hernandez, the release states.

Cruz and Hernandez, both 32, were sentenced to life in prison in October for their roles in the gang. 

Background: Cruz and 11 others were convicted during a seven-week trial in November 2015.

They were among 21 Southside members who were federally indicted in September 2014.

The gang operated in southern York City, centered in the area of Maple and Duke streets, according to the release.

Violence against the rival York City Parkway gang resulted in deaths or shootings of members of each gang as well as innocent bystanders, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Officials have said Southside members and associates used fear, intimidation, retaliation, violence and threats to protect the gang's territory and its criminal enterprise — drug trafficking, primarily.

A massive two-year probe into Southside gang activity by York City Police, federal prosecutors and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, led to federal indictments against  21 purported gang members.

Other convictions: The others convicted who have been sentenced are:

• Jalik “Murder Cat” Frederick, 24, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on June 5 for drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Brandon “B Or” Orr, 23, was sentenced to 34 months in prison in November 2016 for drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Jabree “Minute” Williams, 24, sentenced to 60 months in prison for drug possession with intent to deliver.

• Roscoe “P Shawn” Villega, 43, racketeering conspiracy, drug-trafficking conspiracy, and drug possession with intent to deliver, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

• Eugene "B Mor" Rice, 29, drug trafficking conspiracy, drug possession with intent to deliver, was sentenced to 200 months in prison.

The following members who were convicted are awaiting sentencing:  Tyree “Ree” Eatmon, 29, Maurice “Mo” Atkinson, 30,  Anthony “Kanye” Sistrunk, 29, Rice, 29, and Angel “Pocko” Schueg, 28.

The gang members who pleaded guilty to racketeering before the trial and have not been sentenced are: James “Doocs” Abney, 31;  Malik “Base” Sturdivant, 25;  Jahkeem “Foo” Abney, 27;  Ronald “Ron Ron” Payton, 25;  Cordaress “Tank” Rogers, 31;  Marquis “Quis” Williams, 29; Jerrod “Boogie” Brown, 28;  Quintez “Q” Hall, 25; and Richard "Rich" Nolden Jr., 27.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.