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Friday, June 14, 2013

Black Souls gang leaders ordered held without bail

Amid heavy courthouse security, the alleged top leaders of one of Chicago’s most violent street gangs were ordered held without bail today on sweeping racketeering charges that allege they controlled their West Side drug empire through intimidation, kidnappings, shootings and murder dating back to the 1990s.
Prosecutors alleged in charges unsealed Thursday that Cornel Dawson, 38, the reputed chief of the Black Souls gang, and Teron Odum, 34, described by prosecutors as Dawson’s second in command, protected an $11 million-a-year drug operation with violence. In all, 23 members of the gang have been charged with racketeering conspiracy, while 18 more face state drug or weapons charges
 Judge Israel Desierto ordered both held without bail, citing the evidence contained in the 78-page affidavit unsealed Thursday by prosecutors. Both face up to mandatory life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.
 Several other alleged high-ranking members of the gang who appeared for bond hearings claimed to support themselves through jobs ranging from shining shoes to stocking soft drinks for a beverage company.
 The arrests mark the first prosecution by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office under the state RICO law that took effect last June and was modeled after the 1970 federal racketeering statute originally designed to go after mobsters. By classifying a gang as a criminal enterprise, the law allows authorities to hold leaders responsible for the gang’s actions even if they are insulated from a particular crime such as a murder or drug deal.
The law carries stiff penalties for those convicted of participating in a criminal enterprise -- from a mandatory 7- to 30-year prison term for racketeering conspiracy up to life in prison without parole for those convicted of murder under the statute.


Anonymous said...

These mofo aren't gonna eat McDonalds for a very long time..but in the other hand they get a free ride to jail, 3 sqare meals a day and rent, and bills free...while i pay 12% in tax for every dollar..yippy

Anonymous said...

All killers

Anonymous said...

Yuup neighborhoods killers, children killers father mothers, uncles cousins killers..

Anonymous said...

The Black Souls are known for participating in Homosexual activity while in confinement. They will fight a whole mob of GDs in the yard, for thier lamb chop. This is no secret hehind bars. They hang with the hair braders in the yard.