Three members of South Bend gang "Cash Out Boyz," faced a judge this week for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise.
Ricky Hemphill, 20, and Timothy Whitfield, 21, pleaded guilty in federal court in Friday, May 3. Both men confessed to racketeering, while Whitfield admitted to the additional charge of carrying and using a firearm during a violent drug trafficking crime. The two men are scheduled to be sentenced August 8.
Meanwhile, Jarvis Ward, 19, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to all counts against him in court on Thursday, May 2.
Hemphill, Whitfield and Ward are among seven members of the South Bend-based Cash Out Boyz gang who were charged with numerous violations of the Rico Act in December 2012.
The gang is accused of dealing drugs along with a laundry list of violent acts including multiple attempted murders and one murder. Several members have already been sentenced for some of the charges leveled against the Cash Out Boyz. Alvin Blade III, 21, Jaleen McGee, 20, Dermerius Shaw, 20, and Brison Williams, 20 have all already pleaded guilty in the case. Their sentences will be determined later on this summer.