- Associated Press - Saturday, February 24, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man described by police and prosecutors as a violent gang member has been convicted of racketeering conspiracy.

A federal jury found 35-year-old Jerell Haynie guilty Friday of the single count following a two-week trial in Omaha’s federal court.

Prosecutors say that from 2008 to 2016, Haynie conspired to conduct and participate in the affairs of the Omaha-area chapter of the Crips, known as the “40th Avenue and 44th Avenue Crips,” through a pattern of racketeering activity.

Prosecutors say Haynie engaged in cocaine trafficking and personally committed acts of violence for the gang, included the shootings and attempted murders of a fellow gang member suspected of cooperating with police.

Haynie’s sentencing is set for June 1.

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