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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal jurors on Friday convicted a gang
accused in connection with the murder of a community
activist, and another
co-defendant gang member of taking part in a
national cocaine ring.
Maurice Brown, 33, and Samuel Green were found guilty of
with intent to distribute and other drug charges. But
co-defendants, Tyson Jamar, 22, and Stephen
Faulkner, 53, of related charges.
According to a federal indictment, the violent drug
was responsible for the death of anti-crime
activist James Richards, 55,
who was gunned down in front of his
Venice area home in October 2000.
Brown and Byron Lopez, 23, were arrested in connection with
murder. Richards was killed because he "was reporting
their narcotics activities
to law enforcement," according to the
Prosecutors were barred from discussing the killing in the drug
Brown and his gang member partners were accused of running a
ring that used a music company as a cover for some of
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Lowe said that
along with the Venice area
of Los Angeles, the ring operated in
Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore and St.
Defense attorneys argued during the trial that the U.S.
sufficient evidence to convict their
Brown was convicted of conspiracy, possession with intent to
and distributing cocaine. Green was found guilty of
with intent to distribute and for carrying
a gun in a drug trafficking
They face mandatory life in prison at a sentencing hearing
District Judge Dickran Tevrizian scheduled for Dec.
Jamar was acquitted of conspiracy but prosecutors said the
would likely retry him on three charges the jury
deadlocked on, including
Faulkner was acquitted of conspiracy and cocaine
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Others charged with participating in the drug ring have pleaded
to related charges, including alleged ring leader Corey