Jury Convicts 3 in Kansas Gang Racketeering Case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal jury convicts three Wichita-area street gang members in the first federal racketeering case ever filed in Kansas.

Guilty verdicts came back Wednesday against 29-year-old Clinton A.D. Knight, of Wichita, 34-year-old Tracy Harris, of Valley Center, and 34-year-old Chester Randall Jr., of Wichita. The trial lasted nearly a month.

They were convicted of varying counts dealing with racketeering
and drug trafficking. Their sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

The U.S. attorney's office says the men are the first of 28 defendants named in indictments announced in September 2007 to go to trial. Two pleaded guilty.

Another trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 24 for several other defendants.

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