Gang Leader Gets Life Sentence in RICO Gang Case

Gang Leader Gets Life Sentence in RICO Gang Case

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A prisoner accused of running a criminal enterprise from his cell will serve a life sentence for federal racketeering charges.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tyrese Sharod Smith was sentenced today in U-S District Court. Smith will be assigned to a federal prison outside Utah, where he will serve out his life. There is no parole in the federal justice system.

A U-S District Court jury in May returned guilty verdicts on all charges against Smith, including firearms and two counts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law -- one of conspiracy and the other of murder-in-aid-of-racketeering.

Prosecutors claimed Smith relayed orders for members to kill rivals and rob drug dealers.

It marked the first time federal prosecutors in Utah used the sweeping anti-organized crime statute to bust a street gang, the King Mafia Disciples.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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