Aided by wiretap surveillance, 4 Sacramento Bloods gang members convicted of attempted murder of rival

Four members of the Strawberry Manor Gangster Bloods street gang were convicted yesterday in Sacramento Superior Court of attempted murder of a rival gang members 

Elton Ackerson, Lonnie Kilgore, Dereck GI, and Malik Green-Geiger were convicted by a jury of premeditated attempted murder, personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury, and unlawful firearm and ammunition possession. It was also determined that all of the crimes were committed for the benefit of or in association with the street gang. 

Evidence in the trial showed that on October 20, 2016, the defendants drove into Del Paso Heights intending to kill a rival Del Paso Heights Blood gang member. The group spotted the victim, a Del Paso Heights Blood, driving in a car and followed him until he exited his car. 

Two of the defendants immediately began shooting at the victim striking him once. The bullets also struck a parked car and a school where classes were being held. 

After shotting their rival, the four gang members fled Del Paso Heights to Malik Green-Geiger’s apartment. Elton Ackerson, Dereck GI, and Lonnie Kilgore were targets of a 2016 wiretap operation run by the Sacramento Police Department and the California Department of Justice. 

Through the wire tap, on November 20, 2016, officers intercepted a phone call to Dereck GI that led to the seizure of one of the guns used in the shooting. Officers located the other gun used in the shooting during service of a search warrant at Elton Ackerson’s residence. 

Allegations that Ackerson suffered a prior strike conviction for robbery; Green-Geiger suffered a prior strike conviction for assault with a firearm; and Kilgore suffered a prior strike conviction for first-degree residential burglary will be determined at the sentencing hearing. 

Ackerson and Kilgore face a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison. Green-Geiger faces a maximum of 44 years to life in prison. GI faces a maximum of 32 years to life in prison. 

Sentencing will be held on October 1 Department before Judge Kevin McCormick.


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