Florence Gang Members Sentenced in Federal Court
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 13, 2009|
COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins announced today that John Marquis Johnson, age 21, Anthony Terrell Stuckey, age 22, and Quincy Aaron Moses, age 19, all of Florence, were sentenced by United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell to 15, 10, and five years' imprisonment, respectively, for federal drug and firearms charges. The men were three of seven men charged in a 12- count federal indictment in December 2008. In July 2009, two additional men were charged in a Superseding Indictment, in which other counts were added.
Evidence in the case established that these defendants were associated with the “900 Boyz” street gang in Florence. Also known as the “O31 (October 31) Piru,” the 900 Boyz gang committed crimes during the week leading up to Halloween. Most of the gang members were arrested on a federal complaint on October 30, 2008, and have remained in federal custody. The Superseding Indictment charges that on October 27, 2008, Antonio Williamson, Victor Johnson, Tyreik Eaddy, and Tavares Jacobs robbed plumbers at gunpoint of money, and that on October 26, 2005, Tavares Jacobs robbed the Ingram Street Grocery at gunpoint. Williamson, Johnson, Eaddy, and Jacobs are awaiting trial.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Rose Mary Parham, who is prosecuting the case, local, state, and federal authorities in Florence and the neighboring counties are working together to combat the gang problem and stop the violence.
The case is being investigated by the Florence Police Department, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.