United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced federal criminal charges against three members of the Day One Brothers gang in Lincoln, Nebraska. Edward Dean Williams, a.k.a. “Eddie”, Antonio Corell Shannon, a.k.a. “Mack Glock,” a.k.a. “Tone,” and Emmanuel Charles Kuot, a.k.a. “E-Mon,” are charged with conspiring to violate the racketeering laws of the United States. The indictment alleges that the Day One Brothers is an enterprise that engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, including acts involving murder or attempted murder, robbery, and the distribution of controlled substances, including marijuana. The defendants are each charged with committing acts in furtherance of the conspiracy. Among those acts, all three defendants are alleged to have participated in a shooting on October 26, 2019 that targeted a rival gang member. The indictment further charges Williams with committing attempted murder and attempted assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and with discharging a firearm while committing those crimes of violence. If convicted of all charges, Williams faces a term of imprisonment of at least 10 years, and possibly up to life. Shannon and Kuot face up to 20 years’ imprisonment.
The initial appearance for the three defendants took place this afternoon in Lincoln before the Honorable Cheryl R. Zwart, United States Magistrate Judge. All three defendants were ordered to be detained.
U.S. Attorney Kelly praised the efforts of the Lincoln Police Department, the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies for coming together on this investigation and prosecution.
An Indictment is simply an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent until evidence proves their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
This case was primarily investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The United States Marshals also assisted during the investigation of this case.