Following a seven-week jury trial in U.S. District Court earlier this year, a federal jury convicted four members of the Gangster Disciples of multiple counts relating to a racketeering conspiracy and a drug distribution conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
The gang operated from the Clarksville area and throughout Middle Tennessee for more than a decade, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Don Cochran and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
Marcus Termaine Darden, 41, and Elance Justin Lucas, 30, both of Guthrie, Ky.; Derrick Lamar Kilgore, 35, and DeCarlos Titington, 44, both of Clarksville, were convicted at trial, the DOJ said.
Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. sentenced Darden (40 years), Kilgore (35 years), Titington (22.5 years) and Lucas (20 years) in prison.
During a portion of the alleged conspiracy, Darden was the “regent” of the “615 region” of the Gangster Disciples, making him the highest-ranking member of the gang in the Middle Tennessee area, the DOJ said.
Members of the Gangster Disciples criminal enterprise engaged in acts of violence including murder, attempted murder, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice, the DOJ said. These members also allegedly sold powder cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana.