A self-admitted high-ranking member of a Chicago street gang that operates in a south side neighborhood that he and his associates refer to as “Terror Town” was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. The defendant, Gilbert Spiller, holds the rank of “general” in the Black P Stone Nation street gang and has criminal convictions spanning two decades. He was arrested by the FBI and Chicago Police in October 2011 and pleaded guilty last September to two counts of selling crack cocaine and one count of illegally selling a firearm.
The sentence was imposed today by U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras in Federal Court.
Spiller, 37, admitted selling approximately 62.2 grams of crack cocaine on July 13, 2011, and approximately 59.2 grams of crack on July 21, 2011, to a confidential informant in the vicinity of the 7800 block of South Kingston Avenue.
On October 18, 2011, Spiller sold the same individual a loaded .40 caliber handgun, knowing that the individual was a felon on parole and had recently purchased crack from Spiller on two occasions and believing that the individual had a score to settle with rival gang members.
According to court documents, Spiller admitted that he first joined the Black P Stone Nation while he was in grade school. He was subsequently convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm, which arose from a drive-by shooting that killed one victim and wounded four others. He was later convicted of aggravated battery of a Chicago Police officer.
“As his life in the gang further hardened, he became involved in violent crime,” the government wrote in a sentencing argument. Spiller “admitted that he was involved in shooting at other people on five to 10 different occasions and believed that he hit the people he was aiming at in roughly half of these shootings.”
The government was represented by Matthew Burke. The sentence was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Garry McCarthy, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The investigation was conducted by the FBI/CPD Joint Task Force on gangs.
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