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Will Columbus Rapper EKT 40 Avoid Prison?

Updated: May 18

To dismantle what law enforcement calls a violent gang, in December of 2019, a Franklin County grand jury indicted ten young men – including Calvin Fluellen, better known in the rap music world as EKT 40 – on charges ranging from assault to participating in a criminal gang.

Calvin Fluellen Jr.

According to the indictment, from December 2014 to December 2019, the men belonged to the following gangs over the years: Windsor Terrace Posse, Banger Squad, and Everything King Terk (EKT).

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Most of the alleged gang members were indicted on charges of aggravated riot and inducing panic for an incident on October 19, 2019, at Scene 75 Entertainment Center in Tuttle Crossing Mall, and another one on November 15, 2019 at a Wendy's restaurant. (The brawls recorded by bystanders are attached to this report.)


So, where are they now?


  • Antjuan Mathews Jr., 24, pleaded not guilty to robbery, aggravated riot, and inducing panic. His trial is scheduled for February 24. Mathews remains behind bars at the Franklin County Jail. His hearing is set for May.

  • Qweontay Smith, 25, pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and aggravated riot. The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office dismissed inducing panic and assault charges in exchange for his plea. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dan Hawkins sentenced Smith to spend 3 1/2 years at the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

  • Shon Gardner Jr., 21. A jury found Gardner guilty of participating in a criminal gang, aggravated riot, inducing panic, and assault. Judge Hawkins sentenced Gardner to spend 6 1/2 years at the ODRC.

  • Taeshawn Hardy, 24, pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and aggravated riot. The prosecutor's office dropped the inducing panic and assault charges in exchange for his plea. Judge Hawkins sentenced Hardy to spend five years at the ODRC.

  • Isaiah Webster, 24, pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and aggravated riot. The prosecutor's office dropped inducing panic and assault charges in exchange for his plea. Judge Hawkins sentenced Webster to spend 5 1/2 years at the ODRC.

  • Lance Williams, 21, pleaded not guilty to participating in a criminal gang, aggravated riot, inducing panic, assault, and robbery. Williams is free on a $100,000 bond. His hearing is set for June.

  • Daevionte Draper, 20, pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang, aggravated riot, robbery, and weapons under disability. The prosecutor's office dropped an assault charge in exchange for his plea. Judge Hawkins sentenced Draper to spend a minimum of 7 1/2 to a maximum of 9 1/2 at the ODRC.

  • Jermaine Lathon, 28. A jury convicted him of participating in a criminal gang, aggravated riot, inducing panic, and assault. Judge Hawkins sentenced Lathon to spend 6 1/2 years at the ODRC.

  • Derrick Greathouse, 24, pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal gang and aggravated riot. The prosecutor's office dismissed inducing panic and assault charges in exchange for his plea. Greathouse is scheduled to be sentenced on February 24.

And then there is 24-year-old Calvin Fluellen Jr., whom Columbus Division of Police sources call "the leader of the pack."

Fluellen pleaded not guilty to participating in a criminal gang, robbery, assault, and two counts of aggravated riot and inducing panic. His trial date is set for April 29.

Calvin Fluellen Jr.

In the meantime, Fluellen is free on a $300,000 cash surety bond and on house.


Fluellen's criminal resume does not take a back seat to the popular rapper's musical resume.


In 2014, Fluellen, then 16, shot and killed 14-year-old Terrico "Terk" Henry. Fluellen told police that they were playing with a loaded handgun in Fluellen's basement, the gun accidentally discharged, and a round struck Henry in the chest.

Fluellen testified that he did not know the gun was loaded. He admitted to the count of delinquency of reckless homicide and served 521 days at the Ohio Dept. of Youth Services. He was released on June 17, 2015. Fluellen recently posted this message on his Instagram page: "I do all of this for u brother, your name will forever live on. I'm tryna turn all of them tears into diamonds." Police sources say the gang, Everything King Terk (EKT), also pays homage to Henry.

In 2017, Fluellen pleaded guilty to improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. He was placed on community control for two years. In February of 2019, Fluellen pleaded guilty to attempted theft. He did two days in jail.

Fluellen is also a suspect in the 2019 ambush shooting of Columbus Division of Police Officer William Frease, who was shot in the face while staking out a suspected dope house. To date, no charges have been filed in this case.


Brawl at Scene 75 in Tuttle Crossing Mall on October 19, 2019. Calvin Fluellen is pictured with dreadlocks.



Brawl at Wendy's restaurant on November 15, 2019. Calvin Fluellen is the puncher wearing the white shirt.




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