Charges in the murder of Chicago rapper FBG duck have been filed against 5 alleged members of the O-Block gang (ABC 7 Chicago I-TEAM INVESTIGATES Chuck Goudie). YouTube Tips ⓘ
CHICAGO — A federal indictment unsealed today charges five alleged members of the O-Block street gang with participating in a criminal organization that murdered a Chicago rapper and violently protected the gang and its territories on the South Side of Chicago.
The indictment alleges that the O-Block gang publicly claimed responsibility for acts of violence in Chicago and used social media and music to increase their criminal enterprise. The O-Block gang allegedly engaged in numerous acts of violence, including the murder of Carlton Weekly, a Chicago rapper also known as “FBG Duck,” on August 4, 2020. Approximately 50 shots were fired at scene on Oak Street between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicago in the shooting death of FBG Duck last year.
Charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering are Chicago residents Charles Liggins, also known as “C Murda,” 30; Kenneth Roberson, also known as “Kenny” and “Kenny Mac,” 28; Tacarlos Offerd, also known as “Los,” 30; Christopher Thomas, also known as “C Thang,” 22; and Marcus Smart, also known as “Muwop,” 22. The indictment also charges the defendants with federal firearm violations and assaults in aid of racketeering.
Liggins, Offerd, Thomas, and Smart were arrested Wednesday morning, October 13, 2021. The majority of the gang members were arrested near 63rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive near the border of the Washington Park, West Woodlawn, Greater Grand Crossing and Parkway Gardens neighborhoods — just east of the Englewood neighborhood. The suspects were scheduled to make initial court appearances Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge M. David Weisman. Roberson is currently in the custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections. His initial federal court appearance will be scheduled at a later date.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Substantial assistance in the investigation was provided by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
According to Attorney Tony Thefford, speaking to ABC 7 Chicago, “there is a lot of allegations of back and forth online, or threats online or videos posted back and forth that then led to retaliation, allegedly, which led to the death of this young man that was killed … And they are very strong tools (social media evidence) that are now being used by law enforcement and the government to prosecute crime.”
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason A. Julien, Albert Berry III, and Ann Marie Ursini.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The murder count in the indictment carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in federal prison and a maximum potential sentence of the death penalty. One of the firearm counts is also punishable by a maximum potential sentence of the death penalty, while the other firearm count is punishable by a mandatory minimum of ten years and a maximum of life. The assault counts are each punishable by a maximum of twenty years. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
Five gang members arrested near 63rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ
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