‘Hobos’ gang leaders convicted of racketeering conspiracy

CHICAGO -- A federal jury has convicted six alleged leaders of the Hobos street gang of a racketeering conspiracy in the biggest gang trial in recent Chicago history.

The verdicts follows six days of deliberation and a three-month trial of accused Hobos boss Gregory "Bowlegs" Chester, hitman Paris Poe and four others on charges of a conspiracy that included nine murders.

It comes at the end of a particularly bloody year in Chicago, where police blame gang rivalries for most of the 762 homicides. That's the most homicides in two decades.

Police cited gang attacks against rivals attending holiday gatherings in reporting more than 50 people shot during the Christmas holiday weekend, including 11 deaths.