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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

www.justice.gov/usao/inn

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton
219) 937-5603
mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

Two Cash Out Boyz Gang Members Sentenced

South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney David Capp announced that Rickey Hemphill, 20, of Riverdale, Illinois, and Timothy Whitfield, 21, of South Bend, Indiana, members of the criminal enterprise Cash Out Boyz, a violent and dangerous gang operating in South Bend during 2010 through 2012, were sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. this week. Hemphill was sentenced to 174 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of racketeering. Whitfield was sentenced to 320 months of imprisonment and 10 years of supervised released after pleading guilty to the felony offense of racketeering and carrying and using a firearm during drug trafficking and a crime of violence.

According to documents filed in this case, members of the COB, including Hemphill and Whitfield, attempted to commit and threatened to commit acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault in order to protect and expand the enterprise’s criminal operations. Those criminal operations included robbery and illegal trafficking in Ecstasy and marijuana. During his time with the organization, Hemphill was involved in numerous violent altercations with rival gang members which included aggravated assault, exchanging gunfire, public retaliation and distribution of marijuana. Whitfield also had numerous violent altercations with rival gang members which led to shootings. Whitfield has prior convictions for hit and run – leaving the scene (2010), false informing and resisting arrest (2010), theft (2010), and aggravated battery (2011). This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Bend Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

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