( Sun Times Wire) One of the 11 members of the Four Corner Hustlers who was indicted on federal racketeering charges has pleaded guilty.
Rontrell Turnipseed — who’s also a Chief Keef-affiliated rapper — pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of taking part in a racketeering conspiracy, just a month before he was scheduled to stand trial.
Turnipseed is scheduled to be sentenced in November. He faces up to 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors said the applicable guidelines suggest a sentence between 6 ½ and 8 years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Salib disclosed some of the evidence that would have been used against Turnipseed had he gone to trial. Salib said Turnipseed was heavily involved in drug dealing in the 4300 blocks of West Jackson and West Wilcox, working at the direction of reputed gang boss Labar “Bro Man” Spann.
alib noted that, after Turnipseed was arrested in September 2017, he asked three people to log into his various social media accounts and delete photos and videos that showed him with guns, drugs and other members of the gang.
After Salib’s rundown, U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin asked Turnipseed to further elaborate on his criminal activity.
“I had sold drugs for Mr. Spann,” said Turnipseed, adding that he was “involved” in another shooting with a rival gang member.
“Were you part of the Four Corner Hustlers when you did all this?” Durkin asked.
“Yes, your honor,” Turnipseed replied.
After the hearing, Turnipseed’s attorney declined to comment on the guilty plea.
The only hiccup in the plea agreement stemmed from an alleged armed robbery that, prosecutors say, Turnipseed was involved in in October 2010. Turnipseed denied having anything to do with it.
Turnipseed was the second-youngest of the 11 defendants in the sweeping racketeering case. Indicted Chicago Police Sgt. Xavier Elizondo testified in 2012 that, according to a confidential source, “Spann considers Turnipseed a son.”
“Turnipseed runs his own armed robbery crew but also does shootings for Spann,” Elizondo said.
In a filing last month, prosecutors linked Turnipseed to two West Side shootings in 2012: one that left a man dead on July 2, 2012 and another that wounded a 15-year-old girl the next month.
Police records show there were two murders in Chicago on July 2, 2012, both occurring in or near Four Corner Hustlers territory. Federal prosecutors did not disclose which of the two they believed Turnipseed to be involved in.
However, court records show that, earlier this month, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office gave grand jury transcripts from the state prosecution of Quinn Holmes to the federal prosecutors in the Four Corner Hustlers case.
Holmes, of Urbana, was charged with murdering James Thompson on July 2, 2012 in the 4100 block of West Adams. He was eventually acquitted.
At the time, police said Holmes was in an SUV when he shot Thompson in the chest as he stood on the sidewalk.
Federal prosecutors now say Spann ordered Turnipseed and Marchello Devine — another one of the 11 defendants — to carry out the shooting as retaliation for the shooting of Turnipseed’s brother a day earlier.
Before he was hit with federal charges, Turnipseed was enjoying a budding rap career, aligning himself with Chief Keef’s “Glo Gang.” His stage name, “ManeMane4CGG,” is a combination of his nickname “ManeMane” and an acronym for “Four Corner Glo Gang.”
In March 2018, prosecutors moved to seize Turnipseed’s gold, diamond-encrusted medallion that featured the phrase “Four Corner Glo.”
The case — brought against the 11 defendants in September 2017 — was split in two earlier this year. Three defendants who could face the death penalty if convicted — Spann, Tremayne Thompson and Juhwun Foster — will go to trial in September 2020.
The remaining seven — not including Turnipseed — are expecting to go to trial Sept. 17. Wednesday, though, Durkin said that only four would be on trial at that time. The other three defendants are cooperating with prosecutors.
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