Score:   1
Docket Number:   MD-FL  3:18-cr-00191
Case Name:   USA v. Peterson et al
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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Natario Bernard Peterson (22, Jacksonville) to five years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine. Peterson had pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019.

According to court documents and information presented at sentencing, Peterson, a mid-level member of the Rollin’ 20s gang, sold crack cocaine to an undercover detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) on three occasions in 2018. On one of those occasions, Peterson teamed up with co-defendant Dashawn Rose to sell the crack cocaine. During the transaction, Rose was concealing a large, AR-style pistol with a drum magazine in his pants.

On July 18, 2019, Rose pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing is set for October 30, 2019.

At the time, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with JSO, was conducting a long-term investigation of the Rollin’ 20s gang. In September 2018, Peterson admitted that he had authorized another Rollin’ 20s gang member, David Brian Edwards, to carjack his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint.  Edwards entered his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle and forced her, at gunpoint, to follow another vehicle, which was driven by Peterson. After the vehicles came to a stop, Edwards put his gun to the victim’s head and told her that he was there to kill her. Edwards then hit the victim in the face multiple times with the gun and kicked her as she escaped from the vehicle.

Edwards was prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office and sentenced to 20 years in state prison for his role in the armed carjacking.

In September and October 2018, Peterson stated his intention to prevent the carjacking victim and a witness from testifying against him. In one conversation, he stated that he was going to get the witness “out the way” and “we gonna have a funeral.”

“This sentencing represents ATF’s commitment to continually work with our law enforcement partners to protect the citizens of our communities from those that choose to commit violent firearms-related crimes,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Jacksonville, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of indictments charging Jacksonville residents Natario Bernard Peterson, Dashawn Leon Rose, Jacoby Devonta Hartley, Kirkland George Lawrence, Bruce Marcell Wilson, Keron Jodan Taylor, and Bryant Lloyd Wright with federal drug and firearms charges. The indictments also notify the defendants that United States intends to forfeit the firearms used in these offenses and any proceeds traceable to the offenses. If convicted on these charges, these defendants face the following minimum and maximum penalties:



Name (age)





Charges





Maximum Penalties





Natario Bernard Peterson,

a/k/a “Nite Ryda”

(24)





Sale of a firearm to a convicted felon.

Distribution of crack cocaine (3 counts).





Up to 10 years in federal prison.

Up to 20 years in federal prison per count.





Dashawn Leon Rose, a/k/a “Whop”

(21)





Distribution of crack cocaine.

Possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime.





Up to 20 years in federal prison.

Minimum mandatory 5 years, and up to life in federal prison.





Jacoby Devonta Hartley, a/k/a “Lil’ Coby”

(22)





Distribution of crack cocaine.





Up to 20 years in federal prison.





Kirkland George Lawrence, a/k/a “Killa”

(33)





Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.





Up to 10 years in federal prison.





Bruce Marcell Wilson

(38)





Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (2 counts).

Distribution of a controlled substance analogue.





Up to 10 years in federal prison, per count.

Up to 20 years in federal prison.





Keron Jodan Taylor

(33)





Distribution of a controlled substance analogue.





Up to 20 years in federal prison.





Bryant Lloyd Wright

(29)





Distribution of cocaine (2 counts).

Distribution of heroin.





Up to 30 years in federal prison, per count.

Up to 30 years in federal prison.



According to the indictments, at various times in 2018, these individuals distributed controlled substances and controlled substance analogues and were illegally in possession of firearms or illegally disposed of firearms to a convicted felon.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.        

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Laura Cofer Taylor and David Mesrobian.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Description: The fiscal year of the data file obtained from the AOUSC
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Description: The code of the federal judicial circuit where the case was located
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Description: The code of the federal judicial district where the case was located
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Description: The code of the district office where the case was located
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Description: Docket number assigned by the district to the case
Format: A7

Description: A unique number assigned to each defendant in a case which cannot be modified by the court
Format: A3

Description: A unique number assigned to each defendant in a case which can be modified by the court
Format: A3

Description: A sequential number indicating whether a case is an original proceeding or a reopen
Format: N5

Description: Case type associated with the current defendant record
Format: A2

Description: A concatenation of district, office, docket number, case type, defendant number, and reopen sequence number
Format: A18

Description: A concatenation of district, office, docket number, case type, and reopen sequence number
Format: A15

Description: The status of the defendant as assigned by the AOUSC
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Description: A code indicating the fugitive status of a defendant
Format: A1

Description: The date upon which a defendant became a fugitive
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date upon which a fugitive defendant was taken into custody
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date when a case was first docketed in the district court
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date upon which proceedings in a case commenced on charges pending in the district court where the defendant appeared, or the date of the defendant’s felony-waiver of indictment
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: A code used to identify the nature of the proceeding
Format: N2

Description: The date when a defendant first appeared before a judicial officer in the district court where a charge was pending
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: A code indicating the event by which a defendant appeared before a judicial officer in the district court where a charge was pending
Format: A2

Description: A code indicating the type of legal counsel assigned to a defendant
Format: N2

Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the highest severity
Format: A20

Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE1
Format: N2

Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE1
Format: A4

Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE1
Format: A4

Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE1
Format: A3

Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the second highest severity
Format: A20

Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE2
Format: N2

Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE2
Format: A4

Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE2
Format: A4

Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE2
Format: A3

Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the third highest severity
Format: A20

Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE3
Format: N2

Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE3
Format: A4

Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE3
Format: A4

Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE3
Format: A3

Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the fourth highest severity
Format: A20

Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE4
Format: N2

Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE4
Format: A4

Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE4
Format: A4

Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE4
Format: A3

Description: The FIPS code used to indicate the county or parish where an offense was committed
Format: A5

Description: The date of the last action taken on the record
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date upon which judicial proceedings before the court concluded
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date upon which the final sentence is recorded on the docket
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date upon which the case was closed
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The total fine imposed at sentencing for all offenses of which the defendant was convicted and a fine was imposed
Format: N8

Description: A count of defendants filed including inter-district transfers
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants filed excluding inter-district transfers
Format: N1

Description: A count of original proceedings commenced
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants filed whose proceedings commenced by reopen, remand, appeal, or retrial
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants terminated including interdistrict transfers
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants terminated excluding interdistrict transfers
Format: N1

Description: A count of original proceedings terminated
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants terminated whose proceedings commenced by reopen, remand, appeal, or retrial
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants pending as of the last day of the period including long term fugitives
Format: N1

Description: A count of defendants pending as of the last day of the period excluding long term fugitives
Format: N1

Description: The source from which the data were loaded into the AOUSC’s NewSTATS database
Format: A10

Description: A sequential number indicating the iteration of the defendant record
Format: N2

Description: The date the record was loaded into the AOUSC’s NewSTATS database
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: Statistical year ID label on data file obtained from the AOUSC which represents termination year
Format: YYYY

Data imported from FJC Integrated Database
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