June 30, 2016
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Member Of Ohio’s Short North Posse Drug And Murder Gang Pleads Guilty
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Lance Green, 36, formerly of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of racketeering conspiracy and two counts of murder in aid of racketeering. Green was scheduled to stand trial on July 11 in the second of three trials involving the organized criminal enterprise known as the Short North Posse.
Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Detroit Division, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the plea, which was entered into today before U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.
A total of 20 individuals were indicted in the racketeering case with charges that included murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons offenses, witness tampering, extortion and robbery.
A United States District Court jury convicted five co-defendants of racketeering and murder earlier this month. After a two-month trial, the group of defendants was convicted on all counts, which accounted for 10 of 14 previously unsolved murders.
A third trial is currently scheduled to begin on September 26 for the remaining defendants.
Racketeering conspiracy is a crime punishable by up to life in prison. Murder in aid of racketeering also carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the two-year long investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott’s Office, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys David DeVillers, Kevin Kelley, Brian Martinez, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Lowe of Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.