Earlier this year federal prosecutors in Detroit filed a rare "Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty" in the case of a gang suspect who is charged with a raft of murderous crimes.
And Billy Arnold, 31, likely won't be the only member of the Seven Mile Bloods to be fighting for life in U.S. District Court in Detroit, according to court officials.
Arnold is one of several members of the gang facing charges where the death penalty may be applied, officials to the Detroit Free Press. The Department of Justice is reviewing those cases to determine whether the death penalty should be invoked, they said.
Although Michigan was the first state to ban the death penalty in state courts — in 1847 — capital punishment can still be sought in federal cases. Arnold was charged in March 2016, along with six other gang members, with murder in aid of racketeering, attempted murder, RICO conspiracy and other crimes. The Seven Mile Bloods gang has been linked in court pleadings to trafficking in prescription pills and to using violence to protect their sales turf.To read more CLICK HERE