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17 Indicted In Connection With Short North Posse, 12 Unsolved Murders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal grand jury indicted 17 people Tuesday in connection with a series of violent crimes, including 12 unsolved murders, that are allegedly attributed to the Short North Posse. 

NBC4's Marcus Thorpe reported that the indictment is tied to a two-year investigation into gang activity -- specifically with the Short North Posse.

The indictment charges one or more of the defendants with 12 unsolved homicides, 23 attempted homicides, 41 violent felonies and 45 weapons offenses. The crimes occurred in Canal Winchester, Chillicothe, Columbus, Pataskala, Pickerington, and Zanesville, between 2005 and 2012.

  • Robert B. Ledbetter (aka Brandon, Killer B, B), 35, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to murder a witness, and use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
  • Lance A. Green (aka Jigga, Jiggs), 34, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, and two counts of murder in aid of racketeering.
  • Allen L. Wright (aka Al-Nuts), 28, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, and two counts of murder in aid of racketeering.
  • Tysin L. Gordon (aka Cez, Sleep), 28, is charged with racketeering conspiracy.
  • Christopher A. Harris (aka O-Dog), 26, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and three counts of murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Robert L. Wilson III (aka RJ), 25, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and three counts of murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Rashad A. Liston (aka Buck, Buckwheat), 25, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, two counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and two counts of murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Deounte Ussury (aka D Frog), 29, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, two counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Thomas E. Coates (aka Tom-C, Eag), 28, is charged with racketeering conspiracy.
  • Ishmael Bowers, 32, is charged with murder in aid of racketeering, and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Joseph Hill (aka Little Joe), 30, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, two counts of murder in aid of racketeering, murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Freddie K. Johnson (aka Freeze Pop, Michael Jackson), 28, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • Deshawn Smith (aka Evil D), 27, is charged with racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
  • Lance Reynolds (aka LA), 31, is charged with murder in aid of racketeering, and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Rastaman A. Wilson, 37, is charged with murder in aid of racketeering, and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Clifford L. Robinson (aka Tink), 36, is charged with murder in aid of racketeering, and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
  • Troy A. Patterson, 23, is charged with murder in aid of racketeering, and murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
The indictment alleges that beginning in 2005, members of the enterprise originally referred to themselves solely as the Short North Posse.

Later some members began subsets of the Short North Posse referring to themselves as the Cut Throat Committee and later the Homicide Squad.  Still within the Short North Posse, Cut Throat Committee and Homicide Squad specialized in murders and robberies of rival gang members, other drug dealers, and targets thought to have large sums of cash or firearms. The Short North Posse also identified themselves nationally with the Crips street gang.

“As part of the investigation, law enforcement set up a tip-line in February seeking information on unsolved murders in central Ohio,” said Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “Because of public response and law enforcement determination and hard work, we’re announcing charges against people a grand jury alleges were responsible for 12 unsolved homicides.”

The victims of the homicides were identified as  Allen Johnson, Antonio Hackney, Crystal Fyffe, Dante Hill, Donathan Moon, Ella Palmer, Marcus Peters, Michael Teague, Roriccos Williams, Saniqua Hester, Shane McCuen, Tyrell Davis, and Tyrun Hill.

If convicted, Ledbetter, Green, Wright, Harris, Robert L. Wilson III, Liston, Ussury, Hill, Smith, Rastaman A. Wilson, and Robinson could face the death penalty.

The case involved the U.S. Attorney, Franklin County prosecutor, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Columbus Division of Police, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Fairfield County prosecutor, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and surrounding counties.

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