On July 3, 2005, an unsanctioned group of servicemen claiming to be gang members affiliated with the Gangster Disciples street gang killed Sgt. Juwan Johnson of the U. S. Army in the small town of Hohenecken near Ramstein, Germany. Prosecutors accused Amn. Rico Williams of being the first one to start attacking Sgt. Johnson in a six-minute beating that Sgt. Johnson had to endure to join the gang. Actual Chicago-based Gangster Disciples do not beat in recruits, as they have evolved into a corporate type of organization. When Sgt. Johnson asked one of his fellow gang members to take him to the hospital, Williams refused. Sergeant Johnson later died from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries. According to the government's investigations, Williams was the leader of the gang set operating on base, although he was not appointed by anyone connected to Gangster Disciples' supremo Larry Hoover. Amn. Williams was sentenced to 22 years in prison, while other servicemen faced sentences ranging from 2 to 12 years. Some of the charges against the servicemen were: Williams, second-degree murder and witness tampering; Airman Jerome Jones, conspiracy to commit assault, gang participation, and other charges; Airman Nicholas Sims and Army Sergeant Rodney Howell; involuntary manslaughter; Private Terrance Norman, voluntary manslaughter.
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