Gang Member from Hollygrove Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison on Federal RICO, Murder, Firearms, and Carjacking Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 26, 2014|
Walter Conley, a/k/a “Ike Neezy”, 25, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. to serve 480 months (40 years) in prison for violating federal RICO, firearms, murder, and carjacking statutes, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. Conley was a member of a gang from the Hollygrove area of the city that was involved in several shootings and murders in recent years. All the indicted members of this gang have pled guilty and have been sentenced.
Conley had previously pled guilty to RICO conspiracy, firearms conspiracy, the non-fatal shooting of Corey Morris, the murder of Paul May, carjacking, and the attempted murder of Morris Williams.
A 34-count second superseding indictment was returned on November 16, 2012, charging Walter Conley, a/k/a “Ike Neezy”; Tyronne Stevenson, a/k/a “Duke”; Theron Golston, a/k/a “Thema”; Bernell Williams a/k/a “Bussy”, a/k/a “A-Boogie”; Norman Ratcliff, a/k/a “Turk”; Carey Jones, a/k/a “Bean”; and Mark Glenn with participating in a RICO conspiracy, drug conspiracy, firearms conspiracy, and several substantive acts of violence.
Co-defendant Ryan Carroll, a/k/a “Ronnie Boo,” pled guilty to participating in the RICO conspiracy and to discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence. On October 16, 2013, he was sentenced to serve 210 months in federal prison.
Co-defendant Theron Golston pled guilty and was subsequentlysentenced to life in prison on November 20, 2013, for his participation in the RICO conspiracy, the murder of Aaron Allen, and the drive-by murder of Ms. Eula Mae Ivey.
Co-defendants Tyronne Stevenson and Mark Glenn also pled guilty to various charges in the indictment, which included non-fatal shootings and were sentenced on December 11, 2013. Stevenson and Glenn were sentenced to serve 360 months and 300 months, respectively.
Co-defendant Bernell Williams pled guilty to participating in the RICO conspiracy and to discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence. On January 22, 2014, Williams was sentencing to serve 240 months in federal prison.
Co-defendant Carey Jones pled guilty and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison on January 22, 2014.
Co-defendant Norman Ratcliff also pled guilty and was sentenced on February 11, 2014, to serve 396 months.
“The sentencing of Walter Conley concludes the first gang case that was investigated and prosecuted by the newly formed NOPD Multi-Agency Gang [MAG] Unit,” stated U.S. Attorney Polite. “This case shows the success that is possible when members from different agencies come together for the common goal of making our city a safer place to live.”
U.S. Attorney Polite thanked the federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who took the lead role in this specific investigation and who have been steadfast in their resolve to bring these violent offenders to justice. He also thanked the other members of the MAG Unit who worked on this case and renewed the USAO’s commitment to assist the MAG Unit in targeting these types of violent offenders.
The Multi-Agency Gang Unit is an NOPD-led division that includes federal agents from ATF, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as participants from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police, State Probation and Parole, the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr.