Three admitted members of an 8th Ward drug gang were sentenced in federal court Thursday to between nine and nearly six years in prison each for their admitted roles in a cocaine and drug conspiracy .
Ervin “Nerky” Spooner, Tre Clements and Romalis Parker all entered their pleas before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan.
They were among eight defendants who pleaded guilty in August to charges in an 18-count indictment that named a dozen alleged members or associates of the “Ride or Die” gang.
Three others — Deloyd “Puggy” Jones, Byron “Big Baby” Jones and Sidney “Duda Man” Patterson — were convicted by a jury in August and face life sentences at a Feb. 24 hearing.
Prosecutors described those three as central figures in a band of gun-wielding drug peddlers who rode roughshod over the St. Roch neighborhood from 2007 until their indictment in 2013.
The three men were held responsible for several murders committed to bolster the gang’s influence in the neighborhood.
Byron Jones and Patterson were accused in the Feb. 24, 2010, death of Travis Arnold, 30, near Elysian Fields Avenue.
Deloyd Jones was accused of killing Rodney Coleman on Nov. 9, 2010, then going after the victim’s mother. Deloyd Jones also killed Devon Hutton on Jan. 17, 2011, and he and Patterson then gunned down Corey Blue with the same weapon the next day, believing Blue had cheated them in a crack deal, prosecutors contended.
On Thursday, Morgan sentenced Spooner to nine years in prison, Clements to eight years and Parker to 70 months. They were among eight defendants who signed a “global” plea deal in which they admitted to conspiring in a violence-fueled drug ring that operated from North Miro Street to St. Claude Avenue and from Elysian Fields to Franklin Avenue.
Most of the accused Ride or Die members named in the September 2013 indictment are in their 20s.