Escape Plot From Metro Jail Inmate Involves Helicopter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police said the suspect, a convicted drug kingpin, has been running his gang as he sits behind bars. One of the people involved in the plot was in Federal Court on Thursday.
In court, prosecutors revealed how they recorded phone calls and intercepted letters from a gang leader convicted of multiple murders.
Jamal Shakir was the leader of a notorious street gang called the Rolling 90's Crips. He is in the Metro jail facing life in prison. He was convicted of committing or orchestrating nine murders in the 1990s.
Court documents showed he was trying to re-organize and run his gang from the Metro jail. He sent letters ordering murders, fire bombings and drug related robberies.
In one of the letters, he asked Christopher Conyers to get information on a Nashville flight school and on privately owned helicopters that they could steal by force.
In the letter he said "the helicopter must have vertical take off and landing" ability. Prosecutors believed he planned to land on the roof of the CJC in an elaborate escape attempt.
Prosecutors have charged a woman with whom Shakir talked on the phone. They said she helped research helicopters. Faith Readus was in court Thursday. Christopher Conyers has been arrested and is in jail on weapons charges.
In one of the letters, Shakir discussed a murder scheduled for later this month on Halloween night. He told the attackers what disguise to wear, and to make the scene appear as a robbery gone bad.
The U.S. Attorney's office said this is an ongoing investigation.
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