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Feds: Manatee conspiracy involved killings, other crimes

Six people face federal charges involving nine slayings, including the 2013 shooting death of a man during a youth football practice, according to an racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday in Manatee County.

According to federal authorities, the suspects were arrested for their roles in dozens of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and drug trafficking.

Between April 2007 and August 2013, nine people were fatally shot as a result of the conspiracy, said U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III, who announced details of the investigation at a news conference in Bradenton.

Among those who were killed were Christopher Jenkins, Demetrious Cunningham, Calvin Barnes, Ceola Lazier, Carlos Jurado, Joseph Evans, Rodney D. Lamb, Erika Williams and Brenton Coleman.

Coleman was fatally shot Aug. 1 at the 13th Avenue Recreation Center, commonly referred to as the “Dream Center,” and was witnessed by a crowd of children and parents at a football practice.

Arrested were Jerry W. Green Jr., 31; Nathaniel Harris, 23; Napoleon Harris, 29; Charlie L. Green, 27; and Deonte Jamal Martin, 28, all of Bradenton; and Corey Deonta Harris, 23, of St. Petersburg.

Nathaniel and Napoleon Harris and Jerry Green were named leaders of the “enterprise,” according to the 28-count indictment.

Federal authorities said a confidential tip line was established for anyone with information regarding any homicides, robberies, violent criminal actors or involvement with narcotics conducted by the suspects. The phone number is 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477).

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