GANGS IN MISSISSIPPI: Gangster Disciple Pleads Guilty to Racketeering, firebombing jailer’s home

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A member of the Gangster Disciples gang pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering conspiracy involving his firebombing of a prison guard’s house and the distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Today’s plea marks the 12th and final conviction in the Northern District of Mississippi case against five members of the Gangster Disciples and seven members of the Simon City Royals, a gang aligned with the Gangster Disciples.

According to court documents, Darrell Steele, 49, of Meridian, Mississippi, was a member of the Gangster Disciples. Acting on the orders of high-ranking Gangster Disciples leaders, Steele and other gang members manufactured firebombs to bomb the home of a prison guard who was interfering with the gang’s illegal drug operation within Mississippi state prisons. On or about Sept. 11, 2019, Steele threw a firebomb into the home where the guard lived with his wife and young children. The firebomb malfunctioned, and the guard and his family escaped unharmed.

Steele pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 16 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The other 11 defendants in the case have already been sentenced to the following terms of imprisonment:

Latroy Daniels, aka Duke – 10 years
Gregory Moffett, aka Gutta, aka Sir Judah – 10 years
Michael Willie, aka OG Mike – 10 years
Derrick Houston, aka Psycho – 16 years and eight months
Donald Jones, aka Worm – Seven years and eight months
Wilton Johnson, aka Big Boi – Three years and five months
Jeremy Smith, aka Lil One – Three years and five months
Carl McMillian – Five years and 10 months
James Vaughn, aka Sir Flute – Five years and 10 months
Justin Hannah – Eight years and four months
Joe Johnson – Seven years and eight months

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