Larry Hoover–Notorious Gang Leader Now Repped By R.Kelly’s Lawyer, Denounces Gang: I Want Nothing To Do With It

Larry Hoover–Notorious Gang Leader Now Repped By R.Kelly’s Lawyer, Denounces Gang: I Want Nothing To Do With It


It looks like Larry Hoover is making another attempt to be released from prison!

According to reports, Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover, 71, has written to a federal judge asking for his life sentence to be reduced, saying he has changed and is no longer the man convicted of murder and running the infamous gang from prison. However, this isn’t his first attempt. Reportedly, the notorious gang leader made the same request last year for a lower sentence under the First Step Act– a law signed by former President Donald Trump in 2018. While the judge declined his request, it also gave Hoover room to try again.

Now, one of Chicago’s most notorious gang leaders is taking advantage of that opportunity and has recruited R.Kelly’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean for assistance. In a pair of letters to the judge and the public filed late Wednesday (July 6) in Chicago’s federal court, Larry Hoover wrote that he is

“no longer the Larry Hoover people sometimes talk about, or he who is written about in the papers, or the crime figure described by the government.”

In his letters, Hoover wrote that the feds’ supermax prison has been called “as close to Hell as possible,” in which he agrees. He acknowledged being aware “anecdotally that some misguided people” hold him up as a symbol and try to emulate him. Adding, “I wish this were not so.”

Larry Hoover went on to say,

“Regardless, these people are apart from me and do what they do with zero encouragement or direction from me. To be clear, if I had any ability to influence them, I’d ask that they’d forget me and forsake the gang life forever.”

Seemingly denouncing the gang he’s responsible for creating, Hoover wrote,

” [I] was lost in an enduring pattern of criminality those many years ago…I have long since renounced my association with any and all criminal organizations and their membership. I am no longer a member, leader, or even an elder statesman of the Gangster Disciples. I want nothing to do with it now and forever.”

If Larry Hoover is successful in undoing his federal life sentence, he would still have a state murder sentence to serve — and he’d likely do so in the federal prison system. Although Hoover has claimed to be a changed man, prosecutors have expressed concern. Former prosecutor Ron Safer has said Hoover

“ran a gang from prison that was responsible for the highest murder rate this city has ever seen, a drug network that was pervasive and efficient, and an organization that controlled parks and street corners in neighborhoods and made it impossible for children to go outside and be children.”

On Tuesday (July 5), attorney Jennifer Bonjean–who helped free actor Bill Cosby and now represents R&B singer and convicted sexual predator R. Kelly– filed an appearance on Hoover’s behalf. Bonjean and attorney Justin Moore wrote in a new motion that

“the Larry Hoover who graces the cover of the government’s opposition papers … died long ago, notwithstanding the government’s unfounded claim that he harbors a desire to reclaim his title as the king of the Gangster Disciples, an enterprise that bears little resemblance to the organization he built in the 1970s.”

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Larry Hoover helped found Chicago’s infamous Gangster Disciples gang back in 1968 and has been in prison since 1973 for murdering a 19-year-old drug dealer.  He was later found guilty of continuing to run the gang from prison in 1997. Hoover is currently serving six life sentences in a Colorado supermax prison alongside infamous criminals like the Unabomber and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. 

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Authored by: Monique Nicole