Crime & Courts

Gang member gets 8 years for racketeering

A Crips gang member has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison on racketeering charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Mario Hutton, 35, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to engage in a pattern of racketeering and one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Hutton was arrested Aug. 24, 2006, and again Jan. 6, 2007. He was found to be in possession of crack cocaine both times.

In his plea, Hutton admitted that as a member of the Crips street gang in Wichita he took part in a conspiracy to preserve, protect and expand the power of the gang through unlawful activities.

He joined the gang in 1990 and remained a member until his arrest in January 2007.

Other defendants charged in the case with Hutton include Elton Profit, who has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison; Jermall Campbell, who has been sentenced to 64 months; Junian Johnson, sentenced to five years; and Marteaus Carter, sentenced to 10 years.

Sycarr Greenley and Calvin Williams are set for sentencing Aug. 26, and Lonnie Wade is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 2.