Indictment outlines case against violent Harvey Hustlers gang _lowres

Advocate photo by CHAD CALDER -- Mugshots of suspects identified in a sweeping series of indictments related to the Harvey Hustlers street gang are shown at a JPSO press conference held Thursday.

The remaining two defendants named in a 21-person state racketeering indictment filed last year against members of the Harvey Hustlers street gang pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.

Kerry Reynard, 26, of Marrero, and Charles D. Gumms, 22, of Terrytown, were the only two of the 21 who had not yet been convicted.

Each is facing 20 years in prison for their admitted roles in the Harvey Hustlers, who authorities say have spent decades selling drugs on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish while using deadly violence to protect their business.

Reynard pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana, prosecutors said. He received his sentence from 24th Judicial District Court Judge Henry Sullivan in Gretna shortly after entering his plea Tuesday.

Gumms pleaded guilty to racketeering; conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana; and possession with intent to distribute marijuana as well as the powerful painkiller Tramadol.

Connick’s office said Gumms’ sentencing date was postponed to March 14 to give his attorney time to ensure the defendant’s punishment runs concurrently with the sentence he will receive for getting into trouble while serving a three-year probation term.

The probation stemmed from a 2013 guilty plea in New Orleans to charges of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting an officer.

Before Reynard’s and Gumms’ pleas Tuesday, all 19 other defendants named in last year’s 30-count indictment either declared themselves guilty or were convicted at trial as part of a case that involved several killings and one quintuple shooting that left a 1-year-old girl paralyzed.

One of those defendants, Alcus Smith, is facing a retrial on a second-degree murder charge after a jury in November could not decide whether he was guilty in a 2013 slaying. However, that jury did find Smith guilty of racketeering-related charges, and he has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The other 18 defendants who either pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial are Charlie A. Gumms, brother of Charles D. Gumms; Richard Chess, Carlnell Pierce, Bryant Gumms, Derrick Gumms, Robert C. Williams, Willie Thornton, Lashawn Davis, Davante Robertson, Ellis Landix, Paul Smith, Brandon Motton, Keitrel Gumms, Stephanie Bradley, Corey Trent, Kentaz Gayden, Rasheed Smith and Nathan Carter.

The indictment that ensnared all of them was filed in February 2015 after years of internal conflict plagued the Harvey Hustlers.

The District Attorney’s Office said Charles Gumms was shot and wounded in December 2014 while in his car in Terrytown in an attack that killed his passenger, 18-year-old Shamyra Palmer. But it wasn’t clear whether that fatal shooting could be traced to Gumms’ involvement with the Harvey Hustlers, prosecutors said.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, those named in last year’s indictment are among 82 Harvey Hustlers associates who have been prosecuted by federal and local authorities.

An investigation into the gang remains ongoing, the office said.