Gang Member Gets Life Sentence for Multiple Crimes

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A gang member with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison for multiple drug-related crimes.

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Randy Alton Graves, 53, was convicted in April of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute meth.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw noted that Graves — a West Coast Crips gang member — has amassed more than a dozen felony and misdemeanor convictions from 1976 to 2012, ranging from voluntary manslaughter to gun crimes to multiple drug offenses.

In handing down the life sentence, Sabraw said he also considered Graves’ role in the murder of a government witness, sex trafficking, possession of firearms and other instances of drug dealing.

According to evidence presented at trial, Graves sold meth to a confidential informant on four occasions between August and October 2013. Prosecutors also played for the jury intercepted phone calls in which Graves recruited three men to travel to Lompoc, California, to unload a boat carrying 5,000 pounds of marijuana from Mexico.

The government also presented evidence obtained from a search warrant executed at Graves’ residence, where investigators found 79 grams of meth in his refrigerator and two loaded guns.

Graves, of El Cajon, was initially indicted in June 2014 on racketeering charges connected to the West Coast Crips criminal street gang. The racketeering activity alleged in that indictment included several homicides, drug, and sex trafficking crimes.

Graves’ case was severed from the larger racketeering case, and he proceeded to trial only on certain drug charges.

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–City News Service

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