Man sentenced to 3 years in prison in gang case

Staff report


A defendant who admitted lying under oath in a Youngstown street-gang case has been sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd Jr. imposed the sentence Tuesday on Marquise J. Wilkins, 24, of Youngstown, who earlier had pleaded guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice.

Wilkins gave sworn testimony in the June LSP gang jury trial that was inconsistent with his sworn testimony a year ago before a federal grand jury, the U.S. attorney said.

Four Youngstown men convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering in that trial were sentenced last month to a combined total of nearly 119 years in federal prison.

LSP, which stands for LaClede, Sherwood, Princeton and Parkview avenues, was a gang that was active from 2003 to 2011 in the Idora Neighborhood on the city’s South Side, the U.S. attorney said.

The gang used violence, including attempted murder, to control territory and sell cocaine, heroin and other drugs, prosecutors said.

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