Gangster Disciple pleads guilty as city pleads for peace

photo Ronald Harris

A man whose gang has been targeted in Mayor Andy Berke's Violence Reduction Initiative pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal gun charge after police found a gun under his car seat earlier this year.

Ronald Harris, who according to police is a validated Gangster Disciple and a convicted felon, stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Carter in a yellow jump suit, his hands shackled. He then pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge that will likely send him to a federal prison for about three years -- his first time in a federal penitentiary.

The Violence Reduction Initiative offers a second chance for felons if they choose to turn their life around but brings down the full measure of the law if those in gangs or groups that are warned choose to ignore the message and keep shooting.