York City gang member sentenced to life in prison

A York City gang member who stabbed a witness while he awaited sentencing was sentenced to life in prison this week, according to officials.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that Maurice "Mo" Atkinson, 30, a member of the "Southside" and "Bloods" gangs, was sentenced to life in prison Monday, Feb. 12.

According to the release, Atkinson continued smuggling drugs and phones into prison even after he was convicted of racketeering and drug distribution conspiracy.

Officials said a cooperating Blood gang member, housed in Dauphin County Prison, testified in September and disclosed how Atkinson and the gang were smuggling drugs and phones into prison.

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.

Atkinson and his fellow gang members suspected the man was an informant, and they stabbed him repeatedly in the back while in the prison shower, the release states.

That type of violence, officials said, also was present in Atkinson during his time in the Southside gang. Video footage during his trial showed Atkinson repeatedly kicking, beating and stomping a rival gang member, according to the release.

Judge Yvette Kane noted that the violence in the gang was "extraordinary" and said that there is not much evidence to suggest that Atkinson could turn his back on his former life, the release states.

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Background: Atkinson 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 Parkway 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:

• Douglas "Killer" Kelly, 39,  was sentenced to life in prison in December for racketeering and drug trafficking.

• Rolando "Mico" Cruz Jr., 32, was sentenced to life in prison in October for drug trafficking and racketeering. 

• Marc "Marky D" Hernandez, 32, was sentenced to life in prison in October for racketeering and drug-distribution conspiracies.

• Jalik “Murder Cat” Frederick, 24, was sentenced to 33 months in prison 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, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for drug possession with intent to deliver.

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

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

Gang members Tyree “Ree” Eatmon, 29, and Anthony “Kanye” Sistrunk, 29, were convicted and are awaiting sentencing.

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; and  Quintez “Q” Hall, 25.

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