SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two San Diego men were sentenced in federal court Thursday to life in prison for their roles in a slew of gang-related crimes, including a half-dozen murders, a takeover robbery, witness intimidation and sex trafficking of a minor.
A federal jury in March found Jermaine Gerald Cook, 31, and Marcus Anthony Foreman, 28, guilty of conspiracy along with two other co-defendants under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
During a five-week trial, prosecutors set out to demonstrate how Cook, Foreman, Terry Carry Hollins, 33, and Wilbert Ross, 32, worked together to commit a lengthy list of serious offenses.
The jury found that the defendants were participating in a criminal enterprise when:
The defendants were arrested and charged in 2014 as part of an investigation involving 36 other suspects, 34 of whom eventually pleaded guilty to criminal charges. The other two were convicted in separate trials.
Hollins and Ross also have been sentenced to life in prison for their parts in the crimes. Another of their gang cohorts, Cleotha Young, was convicted in June 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, and the lead defendant in the case, Randy Graves, was found guilty by a jury in April of this year and received a life prison term as well.
RICO, a 1970 law initially used to prosecute mobsters and organized crime, increasingly has been an effective tool for prosecuting and dismantling street gangs in recent years, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego.
Police detectives investigating a suspicious overnight death at a Chula Vista tattoo shop categorized the death as a homicide Monday morning, the Chula Vista Police Department reported.
Firefighters rescued an unconscious man from a car early Monday morning and at least two people were hospitalized following a head- on crash in Tierrasanta, police said.
Dry weather but cooler temperatures will continue Monday throughout San Diego County, though a slight chance of rain could be on the way for the middle of this week.
A small plane crashed and burned in an El Cajon parking lot shortly after takeoff Sunday, sending three people to a hospital.
A touching show of solidarity was on display Sunday as the body of fallen San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson returned to San Diego.
One person was killed and at least two others injured in a two-car crash on Old Highway 395 near Pala Mesa Resort on Sunday.
A driver's license and drunken driving checkpoint in Poway resulted in four arrests, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.