- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former gang leader headed to trial with others in a Chinatown racketeering case won’t take a plea deal.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1HfDTea) Wednesday that Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is among eight defendants charged with racketeering as leaders or associates of a Chinese American community organization. As many as four defendants will take a plea deal.

The news follows last week’s guilty pleas by former state Sen. Leland Yee and three co-defendants, charged along with Chow and others.

Yee is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a racketeering charge in the organized crime case.

Chow completed a federal prison sentence for gang-related racketeering in 2003. He then publicly renounced a life of crime. But a federal grand jury indictment accuses him of operating a criminal enterprise that trafficked in drugs, guns and stolen goods.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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