Three men stand accused of operating in a decade-long criminal conspiracy, with acts that ranged from taking possession of a stolen gun and selling cocaine to murder.
Wednesday, a Glynn County grand jury returned an indictment of Christopher Jermaine Griffin, Johnny Mitchell and Geoffrey Tramane Wallace for three counts of racketeering and one count each of malice murder and felony murder. It stated they did these acts as part of the “Arco Boys.”
The murder charges stem from the Nov. 19, 2012, homicide death of Gregory Boone. Police found Boone sitting in a vehicle in the 2600 block of Union Street suffering from one gunshot wound. An autopsy revealed Boone was shot from behind with a long-range firearm.
However, the homicide is just one of 23 instances of alleged and confirmed criminal behavior between Nov. 6, 2007, and May 2, 2018. The indictment states the men acquired “cocaine, money and firearms through a pattern of racketeering activity” consisting of those instances.
Griffin is listed as having possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in 2007, selling cocaine twice in 2010, possession of cocaine in 2014 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2014.
Mitchell is noted as receiving stolen property in 2012, intimidating a witness in 2014, possession of cocaine in 2015, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in 2015 and possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer in 2017. The indictment states Wallace received a stolen gun this year.
All three are accused of the Boone killing, plus four instances of aggravated assault in 2012, four instances of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime in 2012 and evidence tampering sometime between Nov. 19, 2012, and Feb. 5, 2013, for tossing a 7.62-caliber rifle and a .45-caliber pistol they used in other alleged crimes into a body of water.
In other indictments, Dandra Tyrel Gilmore is accused of three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and one count of first-degree property damage.
On June 8, he allegedly fired a Glock 19 9 mm pistol into a white Jeep Renegade that had three people inside, including Tyrai Morris-Barber, who was shot.
Two different people were indicted in two different cases for methamphetamine trafficking. Kristopher Haden Marr is accused of the trafficking, along with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of an officer.
The meth crimes allegedly occurred on Sept. 21, 2017, and on Oct. 10, 2017. Marr allegedly had a Hi-Point .380-caliber pistol in his possession and ran from a Glynn County Police investigator.
In the other case, Troy Gene Whittle allegedly had possession of the meth and an amount of hydromophone on Aug. 9.
Several people were indicted for aggravated assault or aggravated battery in regard to alleged acts committed in violation of the state Family Violence Act.
Nathan Jeffrey Cook allegedly used his arm to attempt to strangle a woman and punched her in the head. He also allegedly threatened to hit her and threatened to kill her. He’s charged with aggravated assault in violation of the FVA, simple battery in violation of the FVA, battery in violation of the FVA, obstruction of an officer and two counts of terroristic threats.
Frankie L. Dunson allegedly hit a woman with a piece of wood and “seriously disfiguring two fingers of her left hand,” and threw a rock through her car’s windshield. Two children were also allegedly within earshot at the time. He’s charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault in violation of the FVA, battery in violation of the FVA, criminal trespass and two counts of third-degree cruelty to children.
David Nicholas McLeod allegedly struck the alleged victim repeatedly, kicked her, fractured her nose and threatened to kill her. As the alleged victim is older than 65, that brings on another charge. He’s accused of aggravated assault in violation of the FVA, aggravated battery in violation of the FVA, battery in violation of the FVA, exploitation and intimidation of an elder person and terroristic threats.