Money Gang Mob member receives 12-year sentence

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 09:02 PM

Robert Earl Ross, one of several Henderson people connected to a criminal organization known as the Money Gang Mob, was sentenced Monday to more than 12 years in jail by a federal judge in Raleigh.

Ross, 23, pleaded guilty without a deal on May 14 to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin for sale as well as three counts of distributing heroin in February and March of 2012. He’s the 11th member of MGM to receiving sentencing. More are in the judicial system.

He received a 151-month sentence from Judge W. Earl Britt, the lowest amount in the recommended range of 151-188 months.

Serving sentences already as part of the MGM cases are Tyshik-kee Williams (20 years), Darnell Tyrece Hayes (17 years, six months), Herbert Artis Smith (15 years), Almonmonick “Shawn” Bullock (nine years), Angela Wilkerson (five years, 10 months), Justin Williams (five years, 10 months), Patrick O’Neil Cooper (five years, three months), Mercedes Christmas-McKinnie (four years), La’Trel Henderson (one to two years) and Markeith Hart (one to two years).

Defense attorney Sean Vitrano said Ross’ young son would be 14 by the time his father is released from prison.

Vitrano, in a written motion, asked for a sentence of less that the recommended range, requesting a 144-month sentence to serve. He indicated that serving 12 years would reflect the seriousness of the offense, offer a deterrent to others and protect the public.

According to Vitrano, Ross had a troubled upbringing, dropped out of school and developed a drug habit. Vitrano said Ross committed a string of robberies leading to convictions with minimal jail time.

According to Vitrano, Ross eventually linked up with MGM. Sale of heroin gave him steady income and supply for his habit. Violent confrontations and circumstances followed, eventually leading to the federal case against him.

 

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