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Five Mid-Michigan gang members sentenced to life in prison

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Five Mid-Michigan gang members were sentenced to life in prison for murder, along with other charges.

The Flint men were sentenced on Tuesday to life in a federal prison following their convictions on federal charges including racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and attempted murder in aid of racketeering, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a press release.

The five men were convicted of being a part of the Howard Boys enterprise, which was described as a street gang. The gang went by other names including Murda Ville, Howard Block, and Hot Boys.

The gang's activities included murders, attempted murders, and drug dealing on the south side of Flint, the press release said.

The Howard Boys used violence to protect its territory, McQuade said.

"Violent drug traffickers like the Howard Boys create risks to innocent lives in our neighborhoods and make it impossible for residents to enjoy the quality of life that we all deserve," McQuade said. "We are grateful for the hard work of the state and federal investigators and prosecutors who have restored peace to a neighborhood in Flint."

The five men were identified as Alexandra Norwood, Jatimothy Walker, Jonathan Walker, Jonathan Oldham, and Leon Gills.

Norwood was sentenced to life in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy and for the 2004 murder of Jonathan Parker. Parker was shot while riding a bicycle through the Howard Boys' territory, the press release said.

Jatimothy Walker and Jonathan Walker were sentenced to life in prison for their participation in a racketeering conspiracy and the 2006 murder of Marion Hardy, the press release said.

Hardy was shot at Howard Estates after an argument ensued with Jatimothy Walker, the press release said.

Jonathan Walker was also sentenced to 10 years for the attempted murder of a rival gang member. On top of that, he received a consecutive 10-year sentence for discharging a firearm during that attempted murder, the press release said. He shot the rival gang member because he believed he was selling drugs in the Howard Boys' territory.

Oldham was sentenced to life in prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy and for the murder of Malachi Wilson. Wilson was shot in 2009 in front of the Howard Estates. There was a fight between the gang and Wilson's brother, the press release said.

Oldham also received a consecutive 10-year sentence for using a firearm during Wilson's murder. He also was sentenced to 10 years for the attempted murder of a motorcycle club member in 2010 and received a consecutive 25-year sentence for discharging a firearm during that incident, the press release said.

Oldham was also sentenced for various drug and firearm charges.

Gills was sentenced to life in prison for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy. He also was sentenced for two attempted murders in 2009. He was also sentenced for other charges, the press release said.

"The arrest, conviction, and sentencing of the defendants in this case are a direct result of the assistance provided by law abiding members of the same community that the defendants once plagued with violence," stated Paul M. Abbate, special agent in charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office.

Evidence from the trial revealed Gills was the person who instructed Oldham to kill Wilson.

The case was handled by the Genesee County Safe Streets Taskforce.

In addition to the five men who were sentenced on Tuesday, six other members of the Howard Boys were previously sentenced to racketeering conspiracy, the press release said, adding 12 other members were sentenced on various charges ranging from murder to weapons possession.

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