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Gang indictments, arrests include suspects in Brianna Allen's murder

Brianna Allen and Shawanna Pierce Brianna Allen and Shawanna Pierce
The home on Simon Bolivar Avenue where Allen and Pierce were gunned down on May 29, 2012 The home on Simon Bolivar Avenue where Allen and Pierce were gunned down on May 29, 2012
New Orleans, La. -

The Orleans district attorney says four suspects in a little girl's murder are part of the broadest street gang indictment in the city's history. All the men are accused members of a gang called the 110'ers.

"May 29th was a beautiful afternoon in the city... a birthday party was shattered by the cruel, cowardly behavior of who we now believe to be members of the 110 gang," said New Orleans Police Supt. Ronal Serpas.

Almost a year after the murders of 5-year-old Brianna Allen and 33-year-old Shawanna Pierce on Simon Bolivar Avenue. The DA and leaders in the Multi-Agency Gang Unit are celebrating indictments in the case.

"Late yesterday afternoon in this room, the Orleans Parish Grand Jury returned a 51-count indictment against 15 violent criminals," said DA Leon Cannizzaro as he led the news conference.

Police say Demond Sandifer, Samuel Newman, Tyron Harden and Stanton Guillory are charged in the birthday party murders. All are reputed members of the 110er's, a gang that ran the streets of the 10th and 11th Wards. The DA says the gang is responsible for 15 murders from 2008 to the present.

Each of the 15 suspects have been indicted on one charge each of racketeering. The defendants face various other charges including murder, armed robbery, obstruction of justice and perjury.

In November 2012, six months after the birthday party murders, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the formation of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit.  Suspected criminals were called to Orleans Criminal Court to meet with local, state and federal law enforcement, who warned them to clean up their act.

Now, New Orleans leaders boast that their aggressive action is cleaning up the city.

"The message to the groups is simple: We are coming after you and we will not be stopped," Cannizzaro said.

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