Daimen Jason Brown, Brand Huntington, Ricky Del Vecchio, and Anthony Kalani Storch, who Boise police say are members of the Slayer gang arrested earlier this year in connection with a series of violent robberies, have entered guilty pleas in their criminal cases.
That means seven of the 11 members or affiliates of the Slayers arrested in June have entered guilty pleas in connection with the case, including the self-admitted president of the club, 53-year-old Jerry Brown, who is Daimen Browns father.
Daimen Brown pleaded guilty last week to felony charges aggravated assault, delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) and recruiting a gang member. Ada County prosecutors dropped a charge of conspiracy to commit grand theft by extortion as part of a plea agreement.
Anthony Kalani Storch pleaded guilty to charges conspiracy to commit grand theft, aggravated assault and recruiting a gang member. Prosecutors dropped a robbery charges for the aggravated assault as part of a plea agreement.
Brad Huntington and Ricky Del Vecchio have pleaded guilty to charges of recruiting a gang member. Court records do not indicate if there is any agreement on length of sentence for any of the cases.
All seven members of the gang who have entered guilty pleas are set for sentencing later this year in front of 4th District Judge Lynn Norton.
The remaining four people charged in connection with the case are scheduled to begin a jury trial in front of Norton on Oct. 22.
Boise police say they began investigating the Slayer gang last summer after getting a tip about a violent new group that liked to use guns and was becoming infamous for brazen robberies.
The Boise police gang unit began working with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the case. By April, the agencies searched two homes and the Ink Spot tattoo parlor in the Broadway Avenue neighborhood looking for guns and drugs.
Boise police officials say the BPD Swat Team and ATF teams served warrants at the tattoo shop and residences one at 1402 Broadway Avenue, one in the 1300 block of Longmont Avenue around 5 a.m. April 3 as part of their investigation into the Slayer gang.
Officials say that officers seized guns, but they will not provide any more details.
Federal prosecutors say the ATF search warrant information which would explain why police believed the Slayer gang had drugs and guns and what they actually found at those three addresses remains sealed in federal files, even though that information was used to charge all 11 defendants.
By June, Ada County prosecutors charged 11 people in connection with the case with a variety of violent crimes, including robbery, extortion, recruiting gang members and aggravated assault.
When pleading guilty in August to charges of aggravated assault, recruiting a gang member and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime, Jerry Brown told Norton he did recruit new members for the Slayers and they do engage in criminal activities, your honor.
Boise Police Sgt. Jeff Basterrechea, who supervises the departments gang unit, said earlier this summer the Slayers were one of the most organized gangs Ive ever seen.
They had rank (leadership), a structure, a system of picking victims ... and they were committing robberies, Basterrechea said. And the more they did it, the more brazen they became.
What remains unclear is who the victims of the Slayers were.
Because the case was taken to a grand jury, there are no probable cause documents to examine. Charging documents have names of victims, but do not say how those people were chosen.
The indictments do describe one particular attack on a man in November 2011.
According to court records, at least one suspected gang member, Devin Montgomery, met with a male victim under the guise of purchasing a car and then punched the victim in the head.
Two days later, prosecutors say two other gang members Anthony Kalani Storch and Harry Storch called the victim and demanded $50,000 in cash or they would kill his friends, bosses, girlfriend, family.
They told the victim to drop off the money at a local restaurant. Court documents say some of the Slayers discussed this mission with Jerry Brown.
Indictments also mention instances of gang members battering other people, selling marijuana and conspiring to commit crimes.
The four people who are charged in connection with the case and are still set to begin a jury trial are:
Devin Edward Montgomery, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft by extortion, aggravated assault, delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) and recruiting a gang member.
Harry Storch, is charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft by extortion and robbery.
Seth A. Kormylo, is charged with aggravated assault.
Timmothy D. Gray, 29, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and recruiting a gang member.