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A man swept up in a crackdown on Tacoma’s Hilltop Crips street gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies.

A man swept up in a crackdown on Tacoma’s Hilltop Crips street gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies.

Michael A. White, 34, entered the pleas to one count each of drive-by shooting, riot and conspiracy to commit drive-by shooting. He faces nine years, eight months in prison when sentenced Dec. 3.

Pierce County prosecutors said he took part in a December 2008 fracas at a Tacoma Denny’s restaurant in which a security guard was beaten and also helped plan a February 2009 shooting outside a downtown Tacoma night club.

White was one of 36 people charged earlier this year in a law-enforcement effort to gut the Hilltop Crips. So far, 29 of them have been convicted of crimes, five await trial, and two had their cases dismissed.

Adam Lynn, staff writer


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