Youngstown gang member gets 50 months in prison


CLEVELAND — A 23-year-old Youngstown street gang member, whose jury conviction for racketeering was vacated by a federal appeals court, has been re-sentenced to four years and two months in prison after he pleaded guilty to that charge last month.

Terrance Machen Jr., one of 23 federally indicted defendants in the LSP gang case on Youngstown’s South Side, was re-sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent.

LSP stands for the streets where the gang conducted its criminal enterprise, LaClede, Sherwood, Parkview and Princeton avenues, according to the indictment.

Judge Nugent had sentenced Machen to 9 years and 2 months in prison in October 2012 after a jury convicted him of racketeering.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Machen’s conviction on the grounds that Judge Nugent failed to instruct the jury that, in order to convict him of racketeering, they had to find that he committed, after his 18th birthday, an act that “ratified” his participation in the conspiracy.

For the complete story, read Friday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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