Bloods gang member gets 20 years in federal prison

From staff reportsOctober 11, 2013 

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— O’Dell “Teezy” Martin, age 27, of Columbia was sentenced Friday in Columbia to 20 years in federal prison, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

Martin pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit racketeering. U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. sentenced Martin to 20 years, followed by three years of supervised release.

Evidence presented established that Martin joined the Bloods street gang in 1999, when he was 14 or 15 years old, Nettles said in a news release. After Martin became a member of the gang, he participated in numerous acts of armed drug trafficking, armed robberies and even retaliatory shootings for his and the gang’s benefit.

Martin was also responsible for an aggravated armed robbery on May 28, 2005, in the Richland Terrace apartment complex in Richland County, Nettles said in the release. Martin and other Bloods gang members stormed an apartment near Metz Road while armed with a shotgun and an AK-47 rifle. They demanded that the victims, one of whom was confined to a wheelchair, give up any money and drugs that the victims had in the apartment. The robbers fired shots that struck two other victims and damaged the wheelchair.

The robbery case was initially investigated by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The racketeering case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys JD Rowell, Mark C. Moore and William Witherspoon prosecuted the case.

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