A member of an Omaha gang referred to as “violent” by federal prosecutors has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
The United States Attorney’s Office reports 35-year-old Jerell Haynie aka “Bootie” has been sentenced in federal court after a jury found him guilty in February of participating in a racketeering conspiracy involving acts of violence, including attempted murder and assaults, witness tampering, and drug distribution.
Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon also ordered Haynie to serve a three-year term of supervised release after serving his time in prison.
During the February trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence Haynie conspired from 2008 to 2016 with the Omaha-area chapter of the Crips, known as the “40th Avenue and 44th Avenue Crips,” through a pattern of racketeering activity.
Federal prosecutors say Haynie, a long-standing gang member, engaged in cocaine trafficking as well as acts of violence. According to evidence presented at trial, Hayne attempted to kill a fellow Crips member suspected of cooperating with police. Federal prosecutors say Haynie along with other gang members attempted to kill a police informant who made drug buys from gang members.