HOUSTON - A 31-year-old man has entered a guilty plea for
his role in a felon in possession of firearms conspiracy, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan Patrick.
Ivory Vershone Brown is the last of 11 to be convicted in
the federal charges that resulted from a rap video filmed in Northeast
Houston’s Lakewood Park March 28, 2018. During the video shoot, numerous
criminal street gang members – all convicted felons - gathered in the park to
film a music video promoting gangs in Houston all brandishing firearms on the
Authorities received a 911 call reporting a group of
suspicions people shooting a video with guns at the location and dispatched
officers to the scene. As they arrived, the majority of the group fled the
area. Law enforcement subsequently located eight loaded firearms abandoned at
The music video was released May 20, 2018, via YouTube
which WorldStarHipHop.com promoted. Authorities were able to identify each
convicted felon and documented gang member who was in possession of firearms in
the video. They compared each firearm recovered at the scene to the firearms
the defendants held and identified similar characteristics of each.
The lead rapper in the music video - Warren Brown II aka
NFL Cartel Bo, 20, of Houston, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in
possession of a firearm. Pleading guilty to the same charge were Kenneth
Fontenot 22, Garrett Winn, 31, Devonte Haynes, 26, Joshua Amos, 31, Keithric
Lewis, 31, Frenton Price, 33, and Marces Randolph, 30, all also of Houston.
Additionally, Roland Labome, 34, and Jerrell Grant, 37,
entered their pleas to conspiracy to unlawfully possess firearms by a
felon. They also reside in Houston.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas accepted the final plea
today. Brown’s sentencing has been set for Dec. 18, 2019. At that time, he
faces up to five years in federal prison as do Labome and Grant. The remaining
defendants face a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. In addition, all defendants
could potentially be ordered to pay fines up to $250,000.
The remaining defendants are set for sentencing between
Dec. 16-18, 2019.
With the exception of Winn, Amos, Price, Randolph and
Labome, all have been and will remain in custody pending those hearings.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
and the Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S.
Attorneys Britni Cooper and Lisa Collins are prosecuting the case.