Tennessee Gangster Disciples member often known as ‘Creeper da Reeper’ convicted of killing homicide witness
Brandon Durell Hardison, who glided by “Creep” and “Creeper da Reeper,” was discovered responsible by a federal jury of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy, homicide in support of racketeering, inflicting loss of life by means of using a firearm, homicide of a witness to forestall communication to a legislation enforcement official relating to a federal offense, and assault leading to critical bodily harm in support of racketeering.
“At present’s verdict marks the top of a decade of violence and lawlessness inflicted upon our communities by ruthless gang members,” mentioned Mary Jane Stewart, performing U.S. lawyer for the Center District of Tennessee.
Hardison was the final of 12 defendants indicted amid an investigation into the Gangster Disciples, a road gang based in Chicago with chapters in a number of cities throughout the nation which might be answerable for murders and drug trafficking. The group is dominated by a nationwide management of a company board-style group, prosecutors mentioned throughout a three-week trial.
5 Gangster Disciple members had been convicted after an April 2019 trial for drug trafficking, RICO conspiracy and different crimes. They had been recognized as Maurice Duncan Burks, 35, of Hopkinsville, Ky., Marcus Termaine Darden, 43, of Guthrie, Ky., Derrick Lamar Kilgore, 37, DeCarlos Titington, 46, and Elance Justin Lucas, 32, all of Clarksville, Tenn.
Authorities alleged Hardison, a 35-year-old Nashville resident, dedicated shootings, murders and different violent crimes for the gang. On Jan. 6, 2012, he murdered a gang affiliate over an unpaid debt after which shot and killed the sufferer’s girlfriend, who witnessed the sooner murder, federal prosecutors mentioned.
As a reward for the killings, Hardison was appointed to varied positions inside the gang, together with regional chief enforcer and being a member of the “Blackout Squad,” a bunch of hitmen. On Sept. 12, 2012, he participated within the taking pictures of a house belonging to a member of the Bloods gang in Clarksville, prosecutors mentioned.
On Nov. 3 of that 12 months, Hardison and different members of the gang allegedly killed a member of the Bloods inside a nightclub.
Prosecutors mentioned different gang members trafficked medicine, violently enforced gang guidelines and intimidated witnesses to forestall them from cooperating with legislation enforcement.
Hardison faces life in jail. His sentencing will likely be scheduled at a later date.