A 23-year-old Peoria man, and member of the Bomb Squad street gang, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring with other alleged gang members as an organized criminal enterprise to commit violent crimes.
Terry Moss, or “Lil Man,” admitted to attempted murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm in relation to a violent crime and possession and distribution of crack cocaine.
Moss is one of the 15 men charged in June 2018 with federal racketeering conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Trial for the remaining 14 defendants remains scheduled on June 10, before Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid.
Under the RICO statute, a crime which carries a statutory penalty up to life, the defendants are charged with working as an organized criminal enterprise to achieve its objectives, including activities that affect interstate commerce. From 2013 to June 2018, members and associates of Bomb Squad allegedly engaged in acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, arson, and drug trafficking.
The enterprise used violence to protect itself, its members and associates from rival gangs and to protect the standing and reputation of Bomb Squad.
During his appearance in court, Moss admitted that he was first exposed to Bomb Squad when he was approximately 13-years-old. As a member of the Bomb Squad, Moss admitted he shot at rival gang members in Bomb Squad territory, including on June 27, 2017, when a bullet struck a rival gang member in the foot.
Moss faces up to life for the offsense of the RICO conspiracy, up to 20 years for attempted murder, a minimum of 10 years for use of a firearm in a crime of violence and a maximum of 30 years for possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.
U.S. Attorney John Milhiser reinforced the office’s commitment to working with partner law enforcement agencies to use and coordinate all necessary resources to combat violence in our communities.
“Working with our state and local partners, we will target those individuals who choose to commit violent crime,” said U.S. Attorney Milhiser.
His scheduled sentencing is Aug. 8.