Nonprofit leader pleads guilty to helping gangs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A co-founder of a Nashville anti-gang nonprofit has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in federal court over allegations that he allowed gang meetings to take place at his facility and helped gang members fake court-ordered community service.

Lonnie Greenlee pleaded guilty on Tuesday and his plea agreement anticipates a sentencing range of about five to six years. Neither Greenlee nor his appointed attorney would comment to The Tennessean after the hearing.

Authorities said Greenlee's Galaxy Star nonprofit served as an operations base for the Bloods and he helped the members buy fake community services hours through the nonprofit to satisfy court requirements.

U.S. District Court Judge Aleta A. Trauger said he will face an enhanced sentence for abusing a position of public trust.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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