Gang Member Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Firearms Offense
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 15, 2011|
SAN FRANCISCO—A member of the Central Divis Playas gang was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. Following a jury trial, Gregory Walker, Jr., a/k/a “Fella,” was convicted on June 30, 2011, of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Evidence during the four-day trial showed that Walker got into a shootout on Turk and Steiner Streets in San Francisco during the evening rush hour. Children and other passersby were present at the time of the shooting, which closed down Turk Street and a nearby school for several hours. At that time, the defendant was on felony probation for illegal possession of a firearm. Surveillance cameras recorded the defendant shooting across the crowded street during rush hour at another individual who was also shooting. However, all suspects fled the scene and the defendant was not apprehended until he was shot in Oakland, Calif., in the Fall of 2010. Walker has been in custody since his arrest.
Walker, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 22, 2010.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Conti following a jury trial on one count of violating 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). Judge Conti also sentenced the defendant to a three-year period of supervised release. The terms of his supervised release prohibit him from associating with other members of the Central Divis Playas, also known as CDP, a gang operating in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood. The defendant began serving the sentence immediately.
Tarek Helou and Kathryn Haun are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Ana Guerra, Yani Osorio, and Elise Etter. The prosecution is the result of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Francisco Police Department’s Gang Task Force.
Case #: 10-0772 SC
A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.