WINSTON SALEM — The jury handed down its final verdict in the North Carolina Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation federal racketeering conspiracy case about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st.
Jorge Cornell, also known as “King J,” was found guilty on three counts of criminal racketeering.
Russell Kilfoil, also known as “King Peaceful,” was found guilty on one count of criminal racketeering.
Ernesto Wilson was found guilty on one count of criminal racketeering.
Randolph Kilfoil, also known as “King Paul;” Irvin Vasquez, also known as “King Dice;” and Samuel Velasquez, also known as “King Hype,” were found not-guilty and acquitted of all charges. Velasquez has been released. Randolph Kilfoil and Irvin Vasquez will be free after serving out the remainder of their terms for alleged crimes for which they were incarcerated before the RICO case began.
In addition to RICO conspiracy, Cornell was convicted of aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon and knowingly carrying a firearm during a violent crime in aid of racketeering. He faces life in prison. Kilfoil and Wilson face up to 30 years in prison each. A sentencing hearing is expected sometime in January.
It remains unclear whether or not prison sentences will be assessed to Charles Moore, Luis Rosa, Richard Robinson, other cooperating witnesses who were arrested during the raid in December 2011, and other informants such as Robert Vasquez Jr., Allen Jordan, Anthony Vasquez, and Jose Lugo.
Jason Yates, also known as “King Squirrel,” awaits a separate trial for the same RICO conspiracy charges.
Cornell plans to appeal the decision. The defense coalition believes the jurors were erroneous in their verdict, and will campaign to bring together facts and resources to aid those who bring their case before an appellate court. The coalition will work to help ensure the justice system avoids another unjust and baseless conviction.
ALKQNSupport.com will remain active with news updates on the status of the falsely convicted kings. We will continue to seek and provide material and emotional support to these men, their families, and those who stand in solidarity with them.
More than half of the kings who pleaded not-guilty to RICO are exonerated. They are now — or will soon be — free. It’s clear that the government brought a weak, frivolous, and insubstantial case. With time, help, rigor, and expertise, it will become clear that each of the three remaining men is innocent. This case is not over. Invincible love to everyone who has supported the kings so far.