“Mike Tyson Punch Out” | Gangster Disciples bosses sentenced for racketeering, multiple murders

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Five bosses of the Gangster Disciples were sentenced in the Southern District of Illinois for their participation in a years-long interstate racketeering conspiracy involving drug trafficking, witness tampering, and multiple murders.

50-year-old Frank Smith, aka Little Frank, aka Red Beard, of Naperville, Illinois, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison. 54-year-old Warren Griffin, aka GG, aka Big Head, of Glenwood, Illinois, was sentenced on July 18 to life in prison. 53-year-old Sean Clemon, aka Pops, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was sentenced on July 19 to life in prison. 31-year-old Dominique Maxwell, aka D-Mac, aka Monster, also of Cape Girardeau, was sentenced on July 20 to life in prison. 55-year-old Anthony Dobbins, aka Crazy, aka Tony Rome, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on July 21 to 32 years in prison.

Smith, Griffin, Clemon, and Maxwell were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses after a six-week jury trial. Dobbins pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses.

National and regional leaders

According to court documents, the five defendants were national and regional leaders of the Gangster Disciples, a criminal organization with a presence throughout the United States, including in federal and state prisons. The gang employs a structured hierarchy, with leadership positions such as national “Board Members” and state “Governors.” As part of their efforts to maintain control of the gang, the defendants murdered two other Gangster Disciple leaders who opposed their regime.

“Mike Tyson Punch Out”

On April 28, 2018, Clemon and Maxwell, on orders from Smith, fatally shot a Gangster Disciples leader and injured two other men in a public park in Bridgeton, Missouri. The shooting was part of a leadership dispute in which Board Members Smith and Griffin sought to remove another Gangster Disciple member from his position as Governor of Missouri.

Smith texted “Mike Tyson Punch Out” to Maxwell prior to the shooting, which was an order to commit “extreme violence,” including murder. The gang members fired more than 70 shots during the attack. Both Clemon and Maxwell were promoted to leadership positions within the gang after committing this murder.

Then, on May 18, 2018, Board Members Griffin and Dobbins drove to the south side of Chicago to murder a former powerful Board Member because he opposed their status as leaders in the gang. Griffin lured the victim into the street, and Dobbins came up behind the victim and shot him three times in the back and once in the face.

Other acts of violence included a nightclub stabbing in East St. Louis and another shooting in Cape Girardeau. Gangster Disciples members also engaged in various acts of drug trafficking, including a scheme to smuggle the synthetic drug “K2” into Missouri state prisons.

Photo above shows Gangster Disciples boss and founder Larry Hoover, center, with top gang lieutenant Gregory Shell (left) and gang associate Keith McCain.

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