For Immediate Release
Federal Jury Convicts Man of Committing Murder to Maintain and Increase Position in Chicago Street Gang
CHICAGO — A federal jury has convicted a man of committing murder to maintain and increase his position in a violent Chicago street gang.
PIERRE ROBINSON, 29, of Chicago, was found guilty of committing murder in aid of racketeering. The jury returned its verdict on Aug. 25, 2022, after a four-day trial in U.S. District in Chicago. The conviction is punishable by a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison. U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr., set sentencing for Feb. 8, 2023.
The conviction was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Kristen de Tineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Albert Berry III and Margaret Steindorf.
Evidence at trial revealed that Robinson murdered Glenn Houston, Jr., on Dec. 23, 2014, for the purpose of maintaining and increasing Robinson’s position in the Evans Mob street gang. Robinson shot Houston, 23, multiple times inside a store in the 400 block of East 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. The Evans Mob, also known as “GuttaGang,” is a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in narcotics trafficking and committed acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, and assault, to acquire and preserve the gang’s territory on the South Side of Chicago. Members of the Evans Mob used social media to publicly claim responsibility for their acts of violence, taunt rival gang members, and took steps to prevent law enforcement’s detection of its criminal activities.