Local man pleads guilty to role in gang racketeering conspiracy

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 6:40pm

A Nashville man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a Bloods gang racketeering conspiracy that apparently involved an East Nashville gang prevention center.

Antonio “T.O.” Washington, 22, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger to one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

As part of Washington’s plea agreement, one count of conspiring to use a firearm during a violent crime and one count of conspiring to distribute narcotics were both dismissed.

According to federal prosecutors, Washington and other Bloods members met at locations including Shelby Park, Cedar Hill Park and the Galaxy Star Drug Awareness and Gang Prevention Center, where they discussed gang business, collected dues, disciplined other Bloods members and plotted action against rival gang members.

In his plea, Washington admitted to receiving falsified documentation stating he had participated in court-ordered community service through the Galaxy Star center.

He also admitted to participating in the punishment of another gang member at the center in March 2010. In that incident, Bloods members voted to discipline Joedon Bradley “in the rack,” according to a court filing, by taking Bradley to the backyard of the center and beating him to the point where they then had to drive him to a hospital.

In April 2010, Washington also admitted, according to court filings, to being armed with a pistol and riding along with other Bloods gang members and associates during a plot to rob someone else of about 30 pounds of marijuana near Bud’s Hardware Store in Nashville. That plan was foiled when police were already present at the scene.

Washington is to be sentenced on Sept. 26. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.