This article was last modified on June 11, 2019.


LZ Jolly and Milwaukee’s Brothers of Struggle

In the ’90s, a Chicago gang called Brothers of the Struggle decided that Milwaukee’s gangs were soft. The BOS opened some local drug houses and killed a few Milwaukee gangsters as a warning to anyone who might oppose them.
But Milwaukee’s gangs didn’t roll over so easily, and a bloody war ensued.

LZ Jolly’s first criminal charges came in 1994 in an attempted daytime shooting of a teenager and her aunt. Jolly, who had just turned 18, drove the car and another man jumped out and opened fire, according to charges. No one was injured. The case was dismissed by Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Audrey Y. Brooks, on the motion of Jolly’s attorney.

In the first six months of 1995, Jolly was arrested four times for illegally carrying a concealed gun, getting charged for two of them. But before he was sentenced on the gun charges, Jolly was arrested again, this time for selling drugs. The drug charges were dropped on a prosecutor’s motion. Then in December 1995, just two weeks before Jolly was sentenced to nine months on the gun charges, he was charged yet again, this time with helping hide a murder suspect and getting rid of the gun.

In February 1996, at the sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Jo Ann Hornak suggested Jolly get a year in prison. After looking at Jolly’s long arrest record, Circuit Judge David Hansher instead gave Jolly the maximum two-year sentence. “I think the state’s recommendation is completely insufficient punishment for the type of crime that is committed here and also considering the prior record,” he said.

2001: Several Murda Mobb members were arrested on charges related to a murder spree of rival gangsters, the Brothers of the Struggle.

2003: Jolly, Robert Byrd and David Hamilton were charged with selling drugs after police found them at a house with more than 100 grams of cocaine, according to the criminal complaint. Officers spotted Hamilton and Jolly throwing the drugs off a second-floor porch. But Jolly and the others would not serve any time in the highly unusual case. When it went to trial, the jury deadlocked without a verdict. In a second trial, the jury found Jolly and the others guilty, but Circuit Judge Timothy Dugan took the extraordinary step of overturning the jury’s verdict – a decision the judge stands behind today.

James Reese spent two decades in and out of California prisons on drug charges. In 2004, Reese returned to Milwaukee, moved into the family property on West Center Street and turned it into a drug house. Reese let different dealers move in; they didn’t get along. One dealer, Bennie Hyche, got beat up by another dealer and blamed Reese, according to police reports.

Late on December 27, 2005, Hyche rounded up friends to confront Reese. Hyche and LZ “Meaty” Jolly chased Reese into a bathroom and beat him, said a woman who lived in the drug house. Hyche told Jolly to shoot Reese as he lay in the bathtub. Jolly fired five times. Police arrested Hyche and two other suspects, but Jolly slipped away. Hyche and other suspects initially didn’t finger Jolly, but the woman who lived in the house did, according to police reports.

In January 2006, Jolly was charged in Reese’s murder. A warrant was issued and the search began. U.S. marshals joined police in the hunt, plastering Jolly’s face on top-10 most wanted posters, television and billboards across Milwaukee. Authorities were told he was moving in and out of the city, often changing his looks and even dressing at times as a woman. Douglas Bachert, supervisor for the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, said the tips about Jolly’s whereabouts were always too old to be useful.

In 2006, Jolly met Angelina Wyatt at a bar in Milwaukee. Wyatt looked up Jolly on computerized court records and saw he was wanted for homicide yet still let him stay with her.

In September 2008, nearly three years after Reese was killed, police nabbed Jolly at Wyatt’s house on Milwaukee’s north side. Wyatt was charged with harboring a felon, but charges were quickly dropped after Wyatt provided a Nevada wedding certificate showing she and Jolly were married. Under a long-standing Wisconsin law, a spouse cannot be prosecuted for harboring a felon.

In April 2009, defense attorney Steve Kohn filed a motion arguing that police coached witnesses to say Jolly was the shooter. Witness problems soon unfolded. At one hearing, half the 12 witnesses didn’t show up. Other witnesses were assigned attorneys because they were charged in the crime. On the day of the trial, more witnesses refused to testify.

Jolly rejected prosecutor Shomin’s first few offers, but eventually agreed to second-degree recklessly endangering safety. Jolly agreed to accept the rarely used “Alford plea” – admitting there was evidence to convict him but also allowing him to say he is innocent. As part of the deal, Jolly and his lawyer extracted a promise from Shomin not to recommend how much prison time Jolly should get. Shomin said he wasn’t happy about the plea bargain, but that it was better to get some kind of conviction. Shomin said he is still convinced Jolly was the shooter.

Jolly, 42, was shot shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Warren’s Lounge (2534 West Hopkins Street). Police described the suspect as black, in his 30s, with long dreadlocks and a pointy nose. He is 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds and wore a gray jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

A week later, Rodney D. Robbins, 42, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of LZ Jolly. Robbins was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Security footage of the incident shows a woman driving a green Jaguar with two children inside dropping Robbins off in front of Warren’s. He is then confronted by Jolly, also known on the streets as “Meaty,” who begins pushing Robbins aggressively before Robbins pulls a gun from his waistband. As Jolly put his hands in the air and turns, Robbins shoots him once. After Jolly falls to the pavement, Robbins stands over him and fires multiple times.

Robbins then gets back into the car and the woman drives off. The woman told investigators that Robbins and Jolly knew each other for 30 years. She said the confrontation stemmed from an ongoing dispute involving a previous criminal case in which Jolly took a plea deal, according to the complaint. Robbins said he knew Jolly was usually armed and that he shot Jolly because he feared for his family’s safety. He added that he shot Jolly multiple times because Jolly was “not the type of guy you can only shoot once.” Robbins later burned his clothes, shaved his dreadlocks, and got rid of the gun. He said he had no remorse because Jolly “showed no love.”

Rodney Robbins appeared in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Tuesday, June 11 — and his attorney indicated there was reason to believe Robbins was not competent to proceed in the case.

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One Response to “LZ Jolly and Milwaukee’s Brothers of Struggle”

  1. YT_Powers Says:

    Good riddance. Kill every last nigger on earth.

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