Gang member sentenced for racketeering, murder

An alleged gang member was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus 10 years for multiple crimes, including racketeering and murder.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams sentenced Chinua Shepperson, also known as “NuNu” and “King Nu.” Shepperson, 28, is alleged to be a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.

"Chinua Shepperson robbed and murdered a Hyattsville man, and participated in an armed robbery in order to further his position in the Latin Kings,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a prepared statement. ”The strategy of combining the resources and intelligence of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to pursue federal racketeering charges against criminal gangs is proving effective in removing violent offenders from the streets and making our neighborhoods more safe."

Authorities said Shepperson and other gang members committed an armed robbery of a prostitute at a motel in Laurel, Maryland on December 14, 2007. Shepperson also conspired with other gang members to rob and murder John Realpe Montoya. On April 25, 2008 Shepperson robbed John Realpe Montoya of cocaine and fatally shot him, several times in the head, behind the Marylander Condominiums in Langely Park, Maryland, authorities said.