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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Tennessee

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For Immediate Release

July 16, 2012

Jerry E. Martin, United States Attorney

Contact: Van Vincent
(615)-736-5151

VICE LORD GANG MEMBERS SENTENCED FOR MURDERS AND VIOLENT CRIME IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The last defendants have been sentenced in a case against nine members of the Vice Lords Gang indicted in October, 2009 for the commission of violent crimes in furtherance of racketeering activity, announced Jerry E. Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Roger Wayne Battle aka T-Wayne, 33, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced in federal court by Chief United States District Judge Todd Campbell on July 12, 2012, to three consecutive life sentences for the murders committed in aid of racketeering of Moss James Dixon in November, 2007 and Brandon Harris aka Chicago, in February, 2008. These life sentences are to run consecutive to 335 years in prison for 12 separate convictions for attempted murders in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to use and carry firearms in crimes of violence, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Battle was sentenced on 57 separate counts.

"The crimes for which Battle and his co-conspirators were convicted showed a blatant disregard for the respect of human life," stated U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin. "Battle directed and ordered the shootings and killings of family members and friends of persons whom he believed were involved in the murder of a fellow Vice Lord gang member. The sentence imposed on Battle demonstrates the seriousness of these offenses and the commitment of this office and our law enforcement partners to rid such violent criminals from our communities."

On May 10, 2012, Jessie Lobbins aka Jessie Oliver aka Trap, 27, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the murder committed in aid of racketeering of Brandon Harris, to be served consecutive to 20 years in prison for tampering with a witness, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Lobbins was also sentenced for escape from custody.

On July 2, 2012, Gary Eugene Chapman aka Wheat, 33, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced to 215 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. This sentence was based upon a total of 29 separate convictions.

Battle, Lobbins, and Chapman were found guilty by a federal Jury on August 23, 2012, at the conclusion of a two week trial.

Battle was the leader of the Traveling Vice Lords, holding the rank of Five Star Universal Elite, controlling gang activities in Middle and East Tennessee. The murders and attempted murders were a result of Battle and other members of the Traveling Vice Lords and the Conservative Vice Lords seeking revenge for the killing of Donnell Valentine aka Hitman, the leader of the Conservative Vice Lords in Murfreesboro, Tenn., also holding the rank of Five Star
Universal Elite.

Other defendants charged in this case previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced as follows:

Demarco Smith aka Marco, 26, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced to 24 years in prison on June 25, 2012, for the murder of Moss James Dixon as well as conspiracy to commit the murder in aid of racketeering of multiple persons.

Samuel Joseph Gaines aka Born Ready, 25, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced to15 years in prison on June 18, 2012, for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence and conspiracy to commit the murder of Brandon Harris.

Delregus Nebreck Alexander aka Blow, 38, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced on June 15, 2011, to 76 months in prison for conspiracy to carry firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence.

Christopher David Imes aka Chris, 24, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced to 19 years in prison on June 15, 2012, for the murder of Moss James Dixon as well as conspiracy to commit kidnaping in aid of racketeering.

Curtis Green aka Curt, 31, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced on November 11, 2011, to 100 months in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.

Lashaundra Danielle Hightower aka Daniel, 30, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced on October 21, 2011 to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

This case was a joint investigation conducted by the ATF, the Murfreesboro Police Department, and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Van S.Vincent and Trial Attorney Cody Skipper of the Department of Justice Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.

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