‘Block Boyz’ gang leader, two other members sentenced to federal prison

Three 'Block Boyz' members sentenced

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Three members of the Shreveport gang Block Boyz now are sentenced to serve time in federal prison.

The announcement was made Friday morning by U.S. Attorney David Joseph, of the Western District of Louisiana.

Some members of the gang were accused of being involved in shootings, selling drugs and committing armed robberies in the city from 2012 to 2017.

Federal prosecutors alleged that the gang was responsible for at least 60 crimes over a six-year period.

DeMarcus D. Morris and Jimmie R. Durden Jr., both 30 years old, and 24-year-old Gary J. McCain were sentenced Thursday in federal court in Shreveport for being part of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy, drug trafficking and firearm offenses, Joseph said.

Morris, leader of the gang, will serve 33 years on multiple charges including RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of crack cocaine and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Durden, sentenced to 15 years, and McCain, sentenced to nine years, also will serve time for the same charges as Morris, except for distribution of crack cocaine.

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