Oakland: Former member of ‘Your Black Muslim Bakery’ convicted of kidnapping, torture sentenced to 20 years

OAKLAND – A former member of the now-defunct ‘Your Black Muslim Bakery’ in Oakland was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his role in the abduction and torture of two women seven years ago, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said.

Richard Lewis, a 30-year-old former football star at Mission High School in San Francisco, will be back in Alameda County Superior Court on Jan. 30 for the execution of his sentence, district attorney’s spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said.

Prosecutors said the May 17, 2007, crime was a bungled attempt to get money to save the bakery from bankruptcy, as it faced a foreclosure hearing four days later. The bakery did go bankrupt and closed its doors later that year.

Prosecutor Chris Lamiero alleged that Lewis, bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and several other bakery associates kidnapped and tortured a mother and daughter to get them to reveal where a drug dealer they knew kept his money.

Lamiero said in his closing argument that Lewis cut the daughter with a knife and threatened her with a curling iron…

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That is like some bakery!
    I don’t know what they are not classified as a domestic terrorist group.
    Black Muslims are bad news, always.

    • Frau Katze

      No kidding! Bad combo.

    • UCSPanther

      The bakery is but a “front” for their mafia-like group.

  • mauser 98
    • Frau Katze

      MLK is a wimp.

  • David

    But did they bake good cinnamon buns?

    • UCSPanther

      If they were still around, I would not buy from them. Anyone with a conscience would not want to bankroll a known mafia organization…

  • JoKeR

    Is CAIR is going to stage protests because the courts refused to respect their culture?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Yeah, me and the boys were tossing around lunch options today.
    And I said, ‘Boy, I wish I could find a good black muslim bakery with a decent hot fish sandwich.’

  • UCSPanther

    I remember reading about this cult/mafia hybrid group some time back on Frontpagemag.

    Their Don was a man known as Yusef Bey who had a long history of preying on underage girls and was said to have fathered many of his children in that manner. He was practically hounded into the grave by both civil and criminal proceedings against him for statutory rape and child molestation.

    The group throughout its life engaged in a variety of criminal activities, and became notorious in in the late 90s-early 2000s for a campaign of attacks on liquor stores where they would terrorize the store owners and smash the merchandise, usually citing Islamic Law as an excuse.

    While this was going on, the Oakland Progressive Elite were gushing over them despite their relatively well-known dark side, but that all changed when a newspaper reporter was ambushed and murdered by a Bakery Enforcer in broad daylight for daring to look behind their facade.

    After Bey’s death, his sons fought over their father’s criminal empire and it appears to have since scattered into a bunch of smaller criminal gangs.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Sounds like basic Islam to me.