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Father and son among five defendants pleading guilty in Crips gang case

A total of 10 of 19 Columbus men charged federally as being associated with a local Crips gang has pleaded guilty. The men were indicted in September 2018 and charged in a racketeering conspiracy that includes five murders, multiple attempted murders and other violent and drug-trafficking crimes.

Those who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today include:

Eric Henderson, Jr. aka Lil Go aka Little E, 19

Eric Henderson, Sr. aka Easy, 39

Steve Henderson, Jr. aka Big Go aka Tana, 25

Lee Devine McCrae aka Capone, 22

Marcus Walton aka Ox aka Wax, 35

In January and February, Terrance Pyfrom, 21; Derrick Thornton, 29; Donovan Reed, 26; Andrew Harris, 30; and Dominique Bryant, 26, pleaded guilty.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Roland Herndon, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Todd Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Interim Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan, United States Marshal Pete Tobin and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the pleas entered into before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson.

According to court documents, the defendants are members and associates of the Trevitt and Atcheson Crips gang known as T&A.

The gang derived its name from Trevitt and Atcheson streets in the King-Lincoln District of Columbus, where its members predominantly reside.

Beginning in June 2010, T&A members and associates conspired in a racketeering enterprise and engaged in murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, witness tampering, robbery, assault and other crimes.

The gang controlled the neighborhood through intimidation, fear and violence. Gang members were expected to retaliate with acts of violence when their members and associates were disrespected, threatened, intimidated or subjected to acts of violence.

Specifically, co-conspirators are charged with five murders:

the murder of Franky Tention on July 1, 2012, in the area of 431 Ellison Street;

the murder of William Moore on March 15, 2013;

the murder of Marvin Ector on December 23, 2013, on East 5th Avenue;

the murder of Quincy Story on January 24, 2015; and

the murder of Deaonte Fisher on March 4, 2016.

T&A engaged in a long-term operation of consistent transportation of heroin and crack from Columbus to Portsmouth, Ohio, for sale in various “trap houses.” In the summer of 2015, T&A, under the leadership of Eric Henderson, Sr., began to deliver large amounts of heroin, crack, and oxycodone from Columbus to Portsmouth on a weekly basis. Female associates and drug-addicted “mules” transported the drugs at the direction of T&A members and associates. The drugs were then sold on a daily basis out of a number of “trap houses” controlled by T&A members.

Henderson, Sr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. He faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison. According to his plea agreement, Henderson, Sr. participated extensively in the planning and organizing of the Portsmouth drug operation by recruiting accomplices and co-conspirators to carry out the trafficking.

Eric Henderson, Jr. pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy. He admitted that on numerous occasions he sold gram quantities of crack cocaine in Columbus and Chillicothe. A sentence of 78 months in prison has been recommended to the court, and Judge Watson will consider that recommendation at a future sentencing hearing.

Steve Henderson, Jr. also pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy. According to his plea agreement, Steve Henderson shot and attempted to murder rival Milo Bloods gang members in June 2014. He also opened fire on an individual after a dispute involving stolen narcotics in April 2015. All parties involved in Steve Henderson’s case have recommended a sentence of 240 months in prison for the court to consider.

As part of McCrae’s plea, he admitted to participating in the racketeering conspiracy (a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison) by selling narcotics as part of the Portsmouth drug operation and also opening fire during the April 2015 drug dispute.

Walton pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a crime punishable by 10 years up to life in prison. According to his plea agreement, he arranged for heroin addicts to transport cocaine and heroin from Columbus to Portsmouth. Walton also sold narcotics in Portsmouth and was personally responsible for distributing between 1,000 and 3,000 grams of heroin himself.

Others charged in this case include:

Charles Carson, 23

Jonathan Dantzler aka Jesus, 26

Terrell Hansard aka T Body, 21

Michael Henderson aka Bang, 20

Brandon Martin aka Gunner, 26

Shawn Nelms aka Mook, 25

Deswan Robinson aka Dezzy, 25

Thomas Seals aka Bhomo, 24

Michael Watson aka Sossa, 25

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF, FBI and Columbus Police, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys David M. DeVillers, Kevin W. Kelley and Noah R. Litton, who are prosecuting the case.

About the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio

Our mission is to protect and serve the citizens of the Southern District of Ohio through the ethical, vigorous and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, and in so doing to defend the national security, improve the safety and quality of life in our communities, protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States, maintain a courteous and professional working environment, and, with skill and integrity, seek to do justice in every matter

We are the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, one of 94 United States Attorney’s Offices in the country. We are a part of the Department of Justice. Our District is comprised of 48 counties in the southern half of the state.

We represent the interests of the United States, both criminal and civil, in federal court. It is our responsibility to enforce federal criminal laws. We work to prevent terrorism and promote the nation’s security. We are committed to preventing crime, enforcing federal laws, and representing the rights and interests of the American people. We strive to ensure the fair and efficient administration of justice for all Americans.

We prosecute those individuals and organizations that violate federal criminal statutes. We work with a multitude of federal, state, and local agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Park Service, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, The Ohio Highway Patrol, and multitude of local law enforcement agencies. We prosecute a wide-variety of offenses including domestic and foreign terrorism; child pornography and exploitation; civil rights violations; bank robbery and other violent crimes; firearms offenses; drug trafficking; health care fraud; immigration violations; public corruption; tax evasion; mail, bank and wire fraud; environmental offenses; and identity theft.

We also represent the United States in civil litigation, affirmative and defensive. As such, we sue individuals or entities who have violated federal civil laws. We also defend the interests of the United States when it, or one of its departments, agencies, or employees is sued, and we defend federal programs and agency actions.

We collect monies owed to the United States from forfeiture, restitution, and fines imposed as a part of the judgment in federal cases. We also pursue collection of civil debts owed to the United States, including student, small business, housing, and farm loans. Finally, we represent the interests of federal agencies in bankruptcy court.

Our district covers the bottom half of the state of Ohio.

Our district contains three staffed offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton. The Columbus office is the headquarters of our District and is the largest, followed by Cincinnati then Dayton.

Date Published: April 11, 2019


The United States Attorneys Office Southern District of Ohio


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