Four reputed members of an East Oakland gang have been indicted for racketeering, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said today. The nine-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Oakland on Thursday and was unsealed in court today, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Prosecutors allege that the four suspects belong to Sem City, a violent street gang based in the Seminary neighborhood in East Oakland, bordered by Seminary Avenue on the north, International Boulevard on the west, 62nd Avenue on the south and Foothill Boulevard on the east.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office identified the alleged gang members as Purvis Lamar Ellis, also known as “Bot,” Deante Terrance Kincaid, also known as “Tay-Tay,” Damien Edward McDaniel, also known as “Famous” and “Lil’ Dame” and Joseph Pennymon, also known as “Junkie.” Prosecutors said the four men, who are all Oakland residents, are charged with racketeering, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, maiming and discharging a firearm in furtherance of crimes of violence.
They all face a potential maximum term of life in federal prison, according to prosecutors. According to the indictment, Sem City members engaged in a variety of crimes, including attempted murder, assault, robbery, distributing narcotics, pimping minors, illegal firearms possession and credit card fraud. Prosecutors also allege that Sem City members are expected to engage in acts of violence to protect the gang’s name, reputation and status of the gang. The prosecution of the four alleged gang members resulted from an investigation by the FBI, the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
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