Gangster Disciples leaders sentenced to prison


Date: January 22, 2021


Atlanta — Shauntay Craig, aka Shake, and Donald Glass, aka Smurf, both leaders of the national gang, the Gangster Disciples, have been sentenced for racketeering conspiracy involving murder. Glass was also sentenced for firearms crimes.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Christine, the charges and other information presented in court: The Gangster Disciples are a national gang with roots in Chicago, Illinois, dating back to the 1970s. The gang is highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as "Positions of Authority" or "POAs." The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which is "Silence and Secrecy" – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement. Violations of the rule are punishable by death. Evidence at trial showed that the Gangster Disciples were responsible for twenty-four shootings from 2011 through 2015, including twelve murders.

Shauntay Craig was a Board Member, the highest-ranking position in the Gangster Disciples. He was responsible for violence, drug trafficking, and murders, including orchestrating the murder of a government informant in Colorado to protect his drug empire.

Donald Glass led the H.A.T.E. Committee, a specialized enforcement team within the Gangster Disciples that reigned terror through its numerous murders, shootings, and robberies. As leader of the H.A.T.E. Committee, Glass ordered his band of teenage shooters, including a juvenile who Glass groomed to be an assassin, to shoot and kill more than ten people.

  • Shauntay Craig of Birmingham, Alabama, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Craig was convicted on August 30, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to the offense of racketeering conspiracy involving murder and drug trafficking.
  • Donald Glass of Decatur, Georgia, has been sentenced to life plus ten years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Glass was convicted on May 16, 2019, following a jury trial, of the offenses of racketeering conspiracy involving murder, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and causing death through the use of a firearm for the murder of Robert Dixon.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation's Safe Streets Gang Task Force, Atlanta Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, Aurora Police Department (Colorado), the United States Marshal's Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Georgia Department of Corrections, with significant assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kim S. Dammers, Principal Deputy Chief of the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Organized Crime and Gang Section, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan K. Buchanan, Deputy Chief of the Violent Crime and National Security Section, and Erin N. Spritzer of the Northern District of Georgia, and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Conor Mulroe of the Criminal Division's Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.