ATF

Sample Block


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

www.justice.gov/usao/lae

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Kathy English
(504) 680-3068
kathy.english@usdoj.gov

Michael Anderson, Leading Member of Central City Gang, Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to RICO, Conspiracy, and Murder Charges

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: MICHAEL ANDERSON, age 25, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty today before U. S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman pursuant to a plea agreement which encompasses ANDERSON’S federal and state charges, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Specifically, ANDERSON pled guilty this morning to violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and the Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering Act (Count 1 – RICO Conspiracy, Count 2 – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, and Count 6 – Murder in aid of racketeering). On Monday, March 21, 2011, ANDERSON is expected to enter a plea of nolo contendere to five counts of manslaughter in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court before the Honorable Lynda Van Davis, as part of the plea agreement with the United States.

According to the factual basis, ANDERSON admitted that beginning prior to January, 2003 until approximately August 6, 2010, he participated with his co-defendants, Harold Jones, Theron Jones, Jeremiah Millro, Corey Oliver, Darryl Shields, Jerome Simmons and Tony Simmons in a racketeering enterprise, sometimes referred to as the Josephine Dog Pound. ANDERSON further admitted that as a member of the organization he engaged in, among other things, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (including cocaine, crack, and heroin), distribution of controlled substances, murder, and conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder of an individual whom Anderson had previously robbed, and who had complained to police.

ANDERSON faces mandatory life imprisonment as per the plea agreement, on each of the three counts, and over $8 million in fines. ANDERSON’S co-defendants are scheduled to go to trial on September 19, 2011.

U. S. Attorney Letten expressed his gratitude to the New Orleans Police Department, ATF, and Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this matter. U. S. Attorney Letten stated:

Today’s guilty plea of Michael Anderson, and his anticipated guilty pleas to separate homicide charges in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court are significant for the public safety of the people of New Orleans. The federal life imprisonment sentences which Anderson faces as a result of today’s guilty plea to RICO, drug distribution conspiracy, and murder were obtained as a result of outstanding investigative work and partnership by NOPD and Special Agents of the ATF. Morever, today’s conviction could not have been achieved without the full and close cooperation of New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and his office, who, together with NOPD, ATF and our United States Attorney’s Office, helped to forge the prosecution and agreements which will secure significant prison sentences in both federal and state court for this dangerous individual."

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Privitera and Maurice Landrieu.

###