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Four people convicted in gang-related case in southern Illinois

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Incidents included shootings, stabbings, and a drug conspiracy

Four gang leaders have been convicted of racketeering conspiracy and murder in federal court.

The U-S Attorney for southern Illinois reports the four leaders of the Gangster Disciples were convicted in East Saint Louis Monday.

Court documents show 53-year old Warren Griffin - also known as "GG" or "Big Head" - from Glenwood Illinois, Sean Clemon - also known as "Pops" - and Dominique Maxwell - also known as "D-Mac" and "Monster" - from Cape Girardeau, and Frank Smith - also known as "Little Frank" and "Red Beard" - from Naperville, Illinois, were all charged in a conspiracy involving drugs, witness tampering, and multiple murders.

Prosecutors say in May of 2018, Griffin drove to the south side of Chicago with another gang member to murder a former gang member, because he opposed their status.

In April of 2018, Clemon and Maxwell followed orders from Smith to shoot three people in Bridgeton Missouri, as a part of a leadership dispute in the gang.

The two incidents were a part of a string of violence court records show the four were involved in - including a stabbing in East Saint Louis, a shooting in Cape Girardeau, and a scheme to smuggle "K2" - a synthetic opioid - into Missouri prisons.

All four face a mandatory life sentence on RICO and murder charges. Smith, Maxwell, and Clemon were also convicted on racketeering and firearms charges, and Griffen was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and firearms charges.

A fifth defendant - Anthony Dobbins - pleaded guilty in the case back in January.

Former WSIU Associate Director of News and Public Affairs Jennifer Fuller joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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