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Six Latin Counts gang members charged with shootings in Southwest Detroit

By Valerie D. Lockhart
SUN EXECUTIVE EDITOR
   Six members of the Latin Counts street gang were recently charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and murder conspiracy. If convicted, the offenders will face up to four years in prison for assault.
  The Latin Counts operate primarily in southwest Detroit, Lincoln Park and Ecorse. Members are known to use violence against rival gangs and to terrorize citizens in the community.
  “Protecting the public from violent criminals is at the heart of ATF’s mission,” said Special Agent in Charge James Deir. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to rid our community of these violent gang members.”
  They are accused of committing two non-fatal shootings on October 7, 2017 in southwest Detroit. A collaborative investigation made up of various law enforcement agencies, Detroit One, led to the arrests.
  “This appalling shooting took place in a residential neighborhood and resulted in the killing of a suspected Latin Counts gang member and injuring two others. The Detroit One partners will continue to be relentless in our efforts to rid our neighborhoods of gang violence,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.
  The following members were captured:
•Ryan Jose (Loco)Taylor, 22, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence;
•Christopher Nicholas (C-5)Rishell, 28, of Lincoln Park, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
•Alberto Devin (Berto) Roldan-Jackson, 19, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful user of a controlled substance, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; 
•Justin Robert (White Boi) Feiler, 21, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence;
•Gabriel (Kid or Big Kid) Arocho, 35, of Detroit, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence;
• Darnell (Shadow) Watson, 23, of Lincoln Park, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
  "The Detroit One initiative strives to create a higher quality of life for all residents in the City of Detroit by eliminating the threat of gang violence,” said Timothy R. Slater, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit FBI. “Investigating, arresting, and charging violent gang members, such as those in the Latin Counts, who seek to terrorize our local communities will continue to be a mainstay for the FBI and each of our law enforcement partners.”  



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Michigan man sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for forcing children into prostitution
CHICAGO — A Michigan man has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for violently forcing two children and a young woman to engage in prostitution.
  Fabrieal Delaney, 32, brought some of his victims to the Chicago area from Michigan to perform sex acts for money. He used violence, verbal abuse and drug addiction to maintain control over his victims, all of whom were 16 years old or younger when he befriended them and began grooming them for prostitution.
  U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah recently imposed the 45-year sentence in federal court in Chicago. Delaney, of Battle Creek, Mich., and formerly of Palatine, Ill., was previously convicted by a jury on eight sex trafficking counts. 
  The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Substantial assistance was provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, the FBI field divisions in Detroit and Kalamazoo, Mich., the Kalamazoo, Mich., Police Department, the Battle Creek, Mich., Police Department, and the Stop-It Program of the Salvation Army Family and Community Services.
  “The defendant preyed upon young and vulnerable girls for his own profit,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rajnath Laud argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “Defendant’s crime is incredibly serious, and warrants a sentence of several decades in prison.”
  Evidence at trial revealed that Delaney took photographs of the girls and posted them in online advertisements offering commercial sex. He rented hotel rooms that were used for encounters with individuals who responded to the advertisements. Delaney at first took half of the money earned by his victims, but eventually he took all of it.
  In July 2011, Delaney transported two minor females and a young woman from Michigan to a hotel in Tinley Park, Ill., to engage in prostitution at what Delaney believed was a bachelor party. Delaney expected the victims to engage in sexual activity with up to 12 men for $150 to $300 per customer. Unbeknownst to Delaney, the purported bachelor party was a ruse set up by federal law enforcement that had been investigating his sex trafficking crimes. Delaney was arrested and has remained in custody ever since.
  Some of Delaney’s victims testified at trial about their ordeals. The adult victim testified that Delaney threatened her by holding a hot iron next to her face.



Workforce training option offered to eliminate 
driver responsibility fees
  The Michigan Works! Association has partnered with the Michigan Department of Treasury and Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to eliminate qualifying Driver Responsibility Fees (DRF) before October 1, 2018, for individuals who participate in a qualifying workforce development training program.
  A number of programs are available to the public and Michigan Works! organizations will assist individuals with enrollment.
  Michigan Works! Association, Michigan Department of Treasury and Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson released the following joint statement:
  “Eliminating fees will remove financial, work-related barriers for a large number of Michiganders who are able and willing to work. This partnership provides a unique opportunity to participate in workforce programs with getting people on the road and back to work as the end goal.
  The partnership created through the DRF program is key in helping to return workers to our state’s labor pool.
  Michigan Works! and our state partners will continue to work together to ensure the success of this program, thereby serving job seekers, and ultimately employers, in a comprehensive, efficient way.”

Individuals with qualifying offenses who are already participating in existing programs have been identified in order to eliminate their qualifying Driver Responsibility Fees and will be notified by mail throughout the month of May.
  For additional information, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/driverresponsibility or the Driver Responsibility Fee Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Workforce Development Program.
  To find your nearest Michigan Works! American Job Center, visit michiganworks.org or call (800) 285-WORKS (9675).
  Michigan Works! Association is a non-profit membership organization that provides services and support to Michigan’s talent eco-system.
  For over 30 years, the Association has been a go-to resource for federal, state and local workforce initiatives. The Association’s work ensures top-quality services and support for Michigan’s talent pipeline. For more information, please visit michiganworks.org.