Federal Prosecutors May Wrap Up Their Testimony in Alleged Gang Trial

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

Novebmer 22, 2005

Federal prosecutors are expected to wrap up their testimony in a Charlottesville racketeering trial tomorrow.

The trial against four men may come to an end earlier than expected as US Attorneys say they will not call some additional witnesses.

After a week and a half of testimony, prosecutors say they have presented most of the evidence they need to make their case against members of the Charlottesville street gang, PJC.

Tuesday’s testimony centered on an alleged kidnapping over stolen drugs.

Louis Antonio Bryant, his uncle John Bryant, Clay Maupin, and Terry Suggs all face life in prison if a jury finds them guilty of heading a drug ring and other violent crimes.

Jurors heard how the alleged PJC gang leader, Louis Bryant, got angry after 35 pounds of marijuana went missing.

With a street value of over $35,000, prosecutors say Bryant kidnapped three people at gunpoint.

One of the men Christopher Banks told the jury he wouldn't call it a kidnapping but that one of the other men held was so scared that he wrote a goodbye note.

The man who allegedly stole the drugs, Robert prior, a.k.a “Face,” will testify Wednesday. Others have said he left town, because he thought Bryant would kill him.

Prosecutors hope this testimony strengthens their case that it was Louis Bryant who ran the drug ring, called the shots and retaliated with violence.

The trial is expected to be in the hands of the jury by the middle of next week.


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