Burney “Tank” Everett pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and one count of use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Everett explained to the court that it was common practice for the Vice Lords to seek out and harm members who left or attempted to leave the gang. These brutal acts of violence would sometimes result in murder, Everett said.
Everett admitted that in May 2015, he gave the order for multiple gang members to go to the home of the two brothers and cause them harm because they tried to leave the Vice Lords. On May 7, 2015, the brothers were located, but a brief confrontation with Vice Lords member Antonio Clark and the brothers’ family ensued. Following the confrontation, Clark fired a total of 23 rounds from an AK-47, striking both brothers, their mother and 15-year-old sister. All four survived the shooting and Clark, in a separate case, pleaded guilty to his charges as well.