Man pleads guilty to killing federal witness sentenced to 30 years

Man pleads guilty to killing federal witness sentenced to 30 years

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man convicted of killing a federal witness, among other crimes, was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.

Gregory Denson, 54, of New Orleans pleaded guilty to the murder of a federal witness, Hobbs Act conspiracy, multiple Hobbs Act robberies, and obstruction of official proceedings.

According to court records, Denson, along with eight co-conspirators, was charged with numerous violations relating to their participation in a robbery and home invasion ring.

As the leader of this robbery gang, Denson had other members of his gang break into the residences of numerous known drug dealers and, through force and intimidation, including the use of firearms, rob them of drugs and drug trafficking proceeds, including cash and other property acquired with the drug cash, prosecutors said.

Additionally, he murdered Ellery Boyd, who as a former member of Denson's robbery gang, became a potential government witness against Denson.

Denson and his co-conspirators then obstructed the investigation of this murder by disposing of Boyd's body in the Industrial Canal, prosecutors said.

Denson will have five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.