NIBIN helps solve 5 shootings, achieve prison sentences for Colorado Springs gang members

Defendants:
  1. TaiJohn Coney
  2. Jamal Williams
  3. Gerard Allison
  4. Unnamed juvenile
NIBIN Impact: NIBIN linked five shootings over a four-week period, including at a mall, to firearms that would eventually be recovered from members of a local street gang. Seven people were injured in the shootings. The substantial ballistic evidence links provided by NIBIN helped lead to guilty pleas that resulted in 43 years of prison time for the shooters.
Defendants pled guilty to:
  • Attempted Murder – Coney
  • Burglary – Williams
  • Felony Menacing – Allison
  • Felony Menacing – Juvenile
Sentence:
  1. 30 years – Coney
  2. 13 years – Williams
  3. Probation – Allison
  4. Probation – juvenile
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Image of the NIBIN Timeline for the Denver Field Division - Colorado Springs
Case details
The first shooting occurred Dec. 23, 2015, during a home invasion, leaving one injured. A suspect was arrested, but the gun was never recovered. On Jan. 1, 2016, there was a shooting at a house party that left one injured. Shell casings were recovered from three different firearms: 9mm, .45-caliber and .40-caliber. NIBIN matched the .40-caliber shell casings to the Dec. 23, 2015, home invasion shooting.
 
On Jan. 2, 2016, two people were injured in another shooting at the Citadel mall in Colorado Springs. NIBIN revealed the .40-caliber handgun was used again, as well as a 9mm handgun.
 
Then another public shooting took place Jan. 16, 2016, at the Union Station nightclub in Colorado Springs. Three more people were injured by the same .40-caliber handgun and two 9mm handguns, one of which had been used at the Citadel mall shooting.
 
Two days later, Colorado Springs Police Department recovered three firearms during a suspicious incident, including a .40-caliber and a 9mm handgun. Test fires entered into NIBIN linked the .40-caliber to all of the previous shooting incidents.
 
Finally, on Jan. 20, 2016, the fifth and final shooting took place at the 700 block of North Union Boulevard where two men assaulted and shot at another man with a 9mm.
 
After numerous interviews with multiple suspects, the NIBIN Task Force, comprised of ATF, Colorado Springs PD, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Fountain Police Department, learned that a local street gang was targeting another street gang in retaliation for the Jan. 1 shooting that injured one of its members.
 
TaiJohn Coney, Gerard Allison and the juvenile were arrested for the Citadel mall shooting that occurred Jan. 2. Jamal Williams was arrested for the Jan. 16 shooting.
 
TaiJohn Coney used the 9mm handgun in the Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2016, shootings, while a juvenile fired the shots from the .40-caliber handgun and was involved in the Dec. 23, 2015, home invasion. The juvenile then gave Coney the .40-caliber handgun, so Coney gave the 9mm handgun to his fellow gang member, Jamal Williams. Coney and Williams then committed the shooting at the Union Station nightclub.
 
Outcomes
  • Coney pled guilty to attempted murder and is serving a 30-year prison sentence.
  • Williams pled guilty to burglary and is serving a 13-year prison sentence.
  • Allison was sentenced to four years of probation for felony menacing.
  • The juvenile was sentenced to two years of probation for felony menacing.
In addition to the five shooters, four other gang members were arrested and charged for their involvement in the incidents. Many of them accepted misdemeanor and felony plea agreements.
Last Reviewed May 22, 2017