Feds: Instagram boast key to perjury charge
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A Chicago woman is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury that she never saw reputed West Side gang leader Labar “Bro Man” Spann fire a weapon at a shooting range in 2014 — even though prosecutors say he boasted about it on Instagram.
Ladonah Hampton told the grand jury in January that she and Spann’s girlfriend fired at targets but he just watched, according to an indictment filed last week in U.S. District Court.
She previously told the FBI that Spann “might” have shot that day, but she couldn’t remember for sure.
In May, Spann was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the target session.
Last week, he and Hampton were charged with obstruction of justice. Spann persuaded Hampton to give false testimony to the grand jury, according to the indictment.
Hampton was arraigned on Tuesday. She is free on a $4,500 recognizance bond.
Spann, who uses a wheelchair because he was wounded in a shooting, is the reputed leader of the Four Corner Hustlers. His felony convictions include harassment of a witness and armed robbery. He was charged but cleared in the 2003 murder of Latin Kings gangster Rudy Rangel Jr.
On Sept. 14, 2014, he accompanied his girlfriend and Hamilton to Midwest Sporting Goods in west suburban Lyons where Hampton rented a 9mm Glock handgun, prosecutors say.
Video surveillance allegedly showed Spann in the store with the women. He boasted about the target practice on Instagram, showing a picture of a bullet-ridden target with the caption: “Ya’ll know I had to go first just to show my bitches how this s— work,” prosecutors said.
The U.S. attorney’s office has been cracking down on alleged perjury recently. Defense attorney Beau Brindley currently is on trial in federal court, accused of coaching witnesses to commit perjury in five criminal trials.