Down Below Gang member sentenced
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
March 13, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A member of a violent San Francisco
street gang who admitted to aiding in two murders was sentenced
in federal court today to 17 and one-half years in prison for
his racketeering conviction.
Robert Calloway, 22, is the fourth member of the so-called Down
Below Gang to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Alsup
in San Francisco.
Prosecutors say the gang, operating in the Sunnydale housing
project in the city's Visitacion Valley district, sold cocaine
base and used violence and intimidation to enforce control over
A total of 12 gang members were indicted in 2005 in an 86-count
indictment that included charges of racketeering, drug dealing,
murder and attempted murder.
Eight of the 12 defendants, including Calloway, pleaded guilty
to various charges before Alsup in December.
Calloway pleaded to one count of conspiring to participate in
racketeer-influenced and corrupt organization, known as a RICO
In a written guilty plea, he admitted to aiding in two murders
committed by other gang members in 2004 as part of the racketeering.
His sentence was stipulated by prosecution and defense in the
Three other defendants who pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess
and sell illegal drugs were sentenced by Alsup last week to prison
terms ranging from one year and nine months to six years and five
Four others will be sentenced between March 21 and April 11 for
racketeering or other convictions.
Of the remaining defendants, three are awaiting a not-yet-scheduled
trial before Alsup.
Two of them, Edgar Diaz and Emile Fort, are each charged with
committing three different murders in aid of racketeering, in
addition to other counts, and face a possible federal death penalty
The 12th defendant's name is under seal. U.S. attorney's office
spokesman Luke Macaulay declined to comment on that defendant's
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