Christopher Conyers once conspired to help a gang member escape from federal custody, but now it’s Conyers that will face time in a U.S. prison.
Conyers (aka "Snooty") was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of conspiring to aid an escape, conspiring to commit an armed robbery, and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon.
While Rollin 90s Crips gang leader Jamal Shakir was awaiting sentencing on federal murder and drug charges, he formed plans to escape and revitalize his street gang, according to federal authorities. Intercepted conversations by federal authorities found that Conyers was helping Shakir carry out gang activity — including the attempted murder of a man known as “Lil Ced.”
One of the plans allegedly included the theft of a helicopter.
“This defendant’s efforts to help a dangerous felon escape from custody, and his actions in helping to target a person for an armed home-invasion robbery, fully justify the sentence imposed by the court,” said U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin.
There are several other defendants awaiting trial for the alleged conspiracy.