3 Charlotte gang members found guilty in Federal Court

- A U.S. Attorney in Charlotte announced Friday that 3 United Blood Nation (UBN or Bloods) gang members have been found guilty in federal court on multiple charges for crimes related to the gang's racketeering activities, including three murders.

U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said Randall Hankins II, 23, Nana Yaw Adoma, 22, and Akheem Tahja McDonald, 23, were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy. Hankins was also convicted for two counts of murder  in aid of racketeering and for various firearms charges for his involvement in the 2014 murder of Douglas & Deborah London, owners of the Mattress Warehouse in Pineville.

Additionally, Adoma & McDonald were also convicted for one count of murder in aid of racketeering for the 2013 murder of Kwamne Donqurius Clyburn. Adoma was also convicted for additional weapons violations.

Two co-defendants, Jamell Lamon Cureton & Malcolm Jarrel Hartley, were previously sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Douglas & Deborah London, and related racketeering charges. Seven other co-defendants have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges and are currently awaiting sentencing.

In May 2014, Cureton, Adoma, & Fudge robbed the Mattress Warehouse in Pineville. A federal indictment charged the three with the robbery. In the months to follow, Cureton communicated with the other members, in a letter he sent from jail, ordering the murder of Douglas London, because he was going to testify against him in court. He also described Deborah London as 'collateral damage'.

As UBN members, the defendants carried out violent acts for the purpose of protecting and furthering the gang's power. They operated according to a common set of Blood's rules and participated regularly in gang meetings to discuss the commission of crimes, including robbery and murder, among other things.

 

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