Federal judge sentences Pair to 30 years

Dec. 03, 2013 @ 06:37 PM

Quatrail Pair, a member of the Money Gang Mob, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday by U.S. Judge James Dever III in Raleigh.

Pair pleaded guilty July 2 on counts of conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm to the furtherance of drug trafficking. He becomes the 12th member of the criminal organization MGM to face jail time, and has the longest sentence.

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), Robert Earl Ross (12 years, nine months), 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).

Pair is also charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 11, 2012, drive-by shooting death of 16-year-old Deonte Judkins, a Northern Vance High School student, at 1283 Walter St.

According to a nine-count federal indictment against them, Pair and co-defendant Christmas-McKinnie conspired to run a heroin trafficking enterprise in Henderson.

They worked together with others not named in the indictment narrative, a reference to activities of MGM that has been the focus of numerous federal cases.

Christmas-McKinnie, 28, received a four-year sentence in August for her role in the conspiracy that included a count of aiding and abetting drug trafficking.

Included in the indictment narrative was a reference to a May 3, 2011, traffic stop and arrest of Pair and Christmas-McKinnie that arose from following up on a complaint at Wickford Apartments about a person seen with a gun.

According to police reports, the stop netted 840 bindles of heroin and two handguns. The estimated street value of the heroin was $8,400, according to Lt. Christopher Ball.

Henderson police also searched Christmas-McKinnie’s residence at 250 S. Beckford Drive, Bldg. 252, Apt. D.

Pair and Christmas-McKinnie bore state cases until those charges were vacated in favor of trials on federal crimes under the Safe Neighborhoods prosecution program that partners federal and local law enforcement efforts.

Dever ordered Pair to serve a four-year supervised probation when released.

His sentence is the highest yet on MGM members.


Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.