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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: Vickie E. LeDuc, Director of Community Relations
(410) 209-4885

Latin Kings Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Murder, Robbery, and Gun Offenses

All 19 Gang Members Have Been Convicted; Murdered a Hyattsville Man and Participated in the Armed Robbery of a Prostitute

Greenbelt, Maryland — U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams sentenced Chinua Shepperson, a/k/a Nu, NuNu and King Nu, age 28, of Washington, D.C. today to life plus 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings), murder in aid of racketeering, robbery, using a gun during a crime of violence and murder resulting from use of a gun during a crime of violence.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer, of the Department of Justice Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy; Interim Chief Mark Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, Chinua Shepperson robbed and murdered a Hyattsville man, and participated in an armed robbery in order to further his position in the Latin Kings. The strategy of combining the resources and intelligence of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to pursue federal racketeering charges against criminal gangs is proving effective in removing violent offenders from the streets and making our neighborhoods more safe.

Through tireless police work documenting the criminal history of the defendants, the case agents executed a solid investigation, says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop. The jury heard the sound facts, rendered the opinion of the people, and Shepperson will be sent to prison for life, where he will join the other 18 defendants who perpetrated such violent acts in our community.

The Latin Kings is a violent street gang with thousands of members across the country and overseas. The Latin Kings have a detailed and uniform organizational structure, which is outlined – along with various prayers, codes of behavior and rituals – in a written manifesto widely distributed to members throughout the country. Members of the Latin Kings are also traditionally given King Names or Queen Names, which are names other than their legal names, by which they are known to members of the gang and to others on the street. At the local level, groups of Latin Kings are organized into tribes, including, the Royal Lion Tribe, MOG, Sun Tribe and UTL.

According to evidence presented during the two week trial, Shepperson conspired with other Latin Kings members to engage in gang activities from a date unknown until November 2009. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Shepperson and other gang members participated in the armed robbery of a prostitute at a motel in Laurel, Maryland on December 14, 2007. Shepperson also conspired with other gang members to rob and murder John Realpe Montoya. On April 25, 2008 Shepperson robbed John Realpe Montoya of cocaine and fatally shot him, several times in the head, behind the Marylander Condominiums in Langely Park, Maryland.

All 18 co–defendants previously pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy.

Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Breuer thanked the ATF–led RAGE Task Force, including the Gaithersburg Police Department; the Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office; Prince George’s County Police Department; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office; the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland National Capital Park Police – Prince George’s County Division; and the Maryland State Police; as well as, the New York Police Department; the U.S. Secret Service, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Emily Glatfelter and David Salem, and Lara M. Peirce, a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, who prosecuted the case.