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Tisdale Plea Agreement

Tisdale Plea Agreement

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Published by Ron Sylvester
Jason Tisdale's plea agreement, which he entered today in federal court in Wichita. The factual basis Tisdale gave for his guilty plea is on pages 2-8.
Jason Tisdale's plea agreement, which he entered today in federal court in Wichita. The factual basis Tisdale gave for his guilty plea is on pages 2-8.

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Published by: Ron Sylvester on Feb 24, 2011
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS(Wichita Docket)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
, }}Plaintiff, }}v. } No. 07-10142-16- JTM
JASON TISDALE
, }a/k/a Change,}}Defendant. }
PLEA AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO FED. R. CRIM. P. 11(c)(1)(C)
The United States of America, by D. Blair Watson and David M. Lind,Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and Jason Tisdale, the defendant, personally and by andthrough his attorneys, John Val Wachtel and Charles M. Rogers, hereby enter into thefollowing plea agreement pursuant to Rule 11(c)(1)(C) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure:
1. Defendant's Guilty Plea.
If the Court permits, the defendant agreesto plead guilty to:a. Count 1 of the Superseding Information, conspiracy to participatein a racketeer influenced and corrupt organization, as defined inTitle 18, United States Code, Section 1962(d); andb. Counts 2 and 3 of the Superseding Information, violent crimes inaid of racketeering activity, as defined in Title 18, United StatesCode, Section 1959(a)(5).
 
By entering into this plea agreement, the defendant admits to knowingly committingthese offenses, and to being guilty of these offenses.  The defendant understands that:Count 1 of the Superseding Information has a maximum sentence of imprisonment forlife, a two hundred fifty thousand dollar ($250,000) fine, a period of supervisedrelease of five (5) years, and a special assessment of one hundred dollars ($100); andCounts 2 and 3 of the Superseding Information each have a maximum sentence of notmore than ten (10) years of imprisonment, a two hundred fifty thousand dollar($250,000) fine, three (3) years of supervised release, and a special assessment of onehundred dollars ($100).
2. Factual Basis for the Guilty Plea.
The parties agree the factsconstituting the offense to which the defendant is pleading guilty are as follows:The Crips are a gang with members located throughout the UnitedStates, including the District of Kansas.  The Crips have existed in theWichita, Kansas, area since the early 1990s, and as such, are anenterprise engaged in, and the activities of which affect, interstatecommerce.  In Wichita, the Crips are organized into subsets.  One suchsubset is known as the Neighborhood Crips (“NHCs”).The Crips distinguish themselves from other gangs by wearingblue colored clothing, receiving specific types of tattoos, and using handsigns/signals.The Crips, including the NHCs, are a group of men who associatetogether for the common purpose of engaging in a course of conduct of racketeering activity, more specifically, drug trafficking.  This conductand activity included members and associates of the Crips conspiring todistribute illegal drugs.
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The defendant admits that there was a connection between thisconduct and the affairs of the NHCs.  The defendant was an associate of the NHCs, and became a member.  The defendant admits that from 1997to at least 2007 he, and other gang members he conspired with, engagedin various activities in an effort to preserve, protect, and expand thepower of the gang.  This was accomplished through different means.As an associate, and then member, of the Crips, specifically theNHCs, and in connection with his participation in the Crips, thedefendant agreed that he or another co-conspirator would commit at leasttwo racketeering acts, and the defendant acknowledges that at least tworacketeering acts were committed.  This pattern of racketeering activityhad an impact and affect on interstate commerce.  In particular:On or about February 3, 1998,  Tisha Jones and Keith James weremurdered in Wichita, Kansas.  The two were murdered because TishaJones was a witness in a state residential robbery case that was pendingat the time against a person herein referred to as NHC 1, a member of theCrips, specifically the NHCs street gang in Wichita, Kansas.  KeithJames was the boyfriend of Tisha Jones and the father of her child.On the evening of November 16, 1997, officers were dispatchedto a burglary in progress at 1202 N. Mathewson in Wichita, Kansas.Three black males entered the house and were demanding money. Thiswas a house thought to be used by a cousin of Tisha Jones to store crack cocaine and/or the proceeds from crack sales.  As the officersapproached this house, they saw a car leave the driveway with its lightsturned off.  The officers stopped the car after a short chase. The onlyoccupant of the car, NHC 1, was taken into custody.  Inside the car wasa 9mm handgun and the black leather coat NHC 1 had just taken fromthe house.  It was later determined that this coat belonged to one of therobbery victims, Tisha Jones, who had been in the house with her aunt.After NHC 1 was arrested, he was taken back to the residence where Ms.Jones positively identified him as a participant in the robbery.  NHC 1was charged with aggravated robbery in state court and remained incustody, unable to post the bond.  Ms. Jones testified against NHC 1 athis Parole Revocation hearing on November 26, 1997 and was scheduledto testify at the trial in state court.  The trial was set for late February
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