Four Youngstown men convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit racketeering in the three-week LSP street-gang trial in June drew a combined total of nearly 119 years in prison from a federal judge.
Judge Donald C. Nugent of U.S. District Court on Wednesday sentenced gang leaders, Derrick Johnson Jr., and Daquann Hackett, both 22, to prison for 65 and 37 years, respectively.
Terrence Machen Jr. was sentenced to nine years and two months, and Edward Campbell got 71/2 years. Both are 21.
LSP stands for LaClede, Sherwood, Parkview and Princeton avenues in the Idora neighborhood on Youngstown’s South Side, where the gang was active between 2003 and 2011, the U.S. attorney said.
The gang used violence, including attempted murder, to control territory and sell heroin, cocaine and other drugs, prosecutors said.
“Years ago, the racketeering laws were used to dismantle the Mafia in Youngstown, and, like the mob, LSP was also a criminal enterprise that used violence and shootings to control their turf,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
“Our office has made combating gun violence in the Mahoning Valley a priority, and this case is an example of that commitment,” he added.
“ATF will continue to work side by side with our federal, state, county and local law-enforcement counterparts to investigate and ensure that organizations, such as the LSP, are held accountable for their criminal actions,” said Stephanie R. Shoemaker, special agent in charge of the Columbus office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Eighteen other people previously pleaded guilty in the LSP case after they were charged in the same 42-count federal grand jury indictment in March 2011, and many of them went to prison.
The case was investigated by the ATF, with assistance from Youngstown police and the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.