Two members of the Gangster Disciples street gang were sentenced last week to a combined total of more than 500 months in prison for charges related to a retaliatory shooting in Memphis, Tennessee.
According to a news release from the Department of Justice, Florence Anthony was given 135 months in prison, while Erik Reese was sentenced to 382 months in prison. Both had pleaded guilty to committing violent crimes to aid the gang’s racketeering activities.
Evidence presented at the sentencing hearing showed that on June 21, 2014, Anthony was involved in an altercation with a group of rival gang members at the Hillview Apartments in Memphis. Anthony told her Gangster Disciples chain of command about the altercation, who then issued orders to retaliate.
Later that night, Erik Reese and four other gang members shot up the apartment complex where the altercation had occurred. Four juveniles and one adult male were shot during the retaliatory attack. While all five victims survived, some sustained life-changing bodily injuries.
On March 8, a total of seven Gangster Disciples pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, police departments for Memphis, Bartlett and Germantown; sheriff’s offices for Tipton, Desoto and Shelby; and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab all worked together to investigate the case.