HAMMOND | Another of several admitted Latin Kings street gang members has been sent to prison as part of a sweeping federal indictment, the Hammond-based U.S. attorney's office said Friday.
Jermaine Ellis, 23, of Chicago, was sentenced to just more than 17 years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty in 2010 to conspiring to participate in racketeering activity. Ellis, who has admitted joining the Latin Kings when he was younger, also has admitted he participated in the shooting deaths of two men in Griffith, the U.S. attorney said.
To date, 23 Latin Kings members and associates have been indicted in a case that focuses on the gang's alleged drug trade, racketeering and street violence, according to the U.S. attorney. Of those defendants, 14 have been sentenced so far, including Ellis.