South Carolina Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Trafficking 40 Firearms for Sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

South Carolina Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison
For Trafficking 40 Firearms for Sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Made the Sales on 19 Occasions; Investigation Exposed Other Criminal Operations

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 28-year-old man from South Carolina was sentenced to 12 years in prison for transporting 40 firearms from his home state for sale on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The investigation into this defendant exposed other interconnected criminal schemes involving alleged gang members and their associates.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant took advantage of lax gun laws in his home state to bring dangerous weapons into Brooklyn streets. The firearms he sold would have undoubtedly caused violence in our communities, but they were intercepted thanks to this investigation by the NYPD and my Office. The defendant will now spend more than a decade in prison for his decision to endanger lives in order to make a buck.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Colin (“Rum”) Toney, 28, of Lamar, SC. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun to 12 years in prison following his guilty plea earlier this month to first-degree criminal sale of a firearm.

The defendant was the target of an investigation that revealed that between June 2015 and September 2016, on 19 occasions, he sold a total of 40 guns that were purchased in his home state to an undercover New York City Police Department detective in Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to the indictment. On seven of these occasions, the defendant was accompanied by his girlfriend, Dedra Shantel Wheeler, 22, of South Carolina, who, at times, allegedly conducted the transactions with the undercover. On four occasions, Toney was joined by Donte Smith, 25, also of South Carolina.

Smith had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sale of a firearm and was sentenced to five years in prison. Wheeler’s case is still pending.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned of Toney’s past affiliation with a set of the Bloods gang based in New York City and started to monitor communications of two alleged gang leaders. Through them, the investigation exposed an alleged bank larceny operation as well as two weapon possession incidents. That part of the investigation led to charges against 16 additional individuals.

The case was investigated by Detective Brian McSweeney, with the assistance of Detective Frank Kolanovic of the New York City Police Department’s Firearms Investigations Unit, under the supervision of Sergeant Donald Morgan, Sergeant Alex Lago, Lieutenant Michael Jennings, Captain Jonathan Korabel, Deputy Inspector Brian Gill and Captain Jonathan Korabel, Commanding Officer of Firearms Investigation Unit, and the overall supervision of Inspector Richard Green and Assistant Chief James Essig of the Gun Violence Suppression Division.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Owen Sucoff of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney James Slattery, also of VCE, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Jonathan R. Sennett, Deputy Chief of VCE, and Assistant District Attorney Nicole Chavis, VCE Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division.

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East New York Man Indicted For Sex Trafficking of 14-Year-Old Girl

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Monday, June 19, 2017

 

East New York Man Indicted For Sex Trafficking of 14-Year-Old Girl

Defendant and his Girlfriend Charged with Promoting Second 14-Year-Old as Prostitute

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that an East New York man has been charged in a 21-count indictment with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and related charges for offering two 14-year-old girls to men who paid to have sex with them.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “These defendants preyed on vulnerable young girls, selling them to men who had sex with them in exchange for money. Prostitution of minors is a dangerous and degrading crime and those who force others to work in the sex trade in Brooklyn will be prosecuted.”

The District Attorney identified the defendants as Anthony Young, a.k.a., Royalty, 30, of East New York, Brooklyn, and his girlfriend, Shaunda Swanson, 23, of the Bronx. Young was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on an indictment in which he is charged with sex trafficking, first-degree promoting prostitution and related charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison, and would have to register as a sex offender, if convicted of the top count. He was ordered held without bail and to return to court on September 13, 2017. Swanson is expected to be arraigned next week. She is charged with first-degree promoting prostitution and related charges. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, between March and August of 2016, Young prostituted two 14-year-old girls in Brooklyn; Hempstead, Huntington and Westbury, New York; and Elizabeth, New Jersey, posting photos of them alongside advertisements for escort services.

It is alleged that the defendants rented several rooms at the Howard Johnson hotel on Rockaway Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn, as well as at other locations. Men came to the locations and paid to have sex with the girls.

Furthermore, according to the investigation, it is alleged that Young drove the underage girls to other locations in Brooklyn, as well as Long Island and New Jersey to have sex with men for money. Young allegedly threatened one of the girls that she would be harmed if she did not comply. The girls allegedly had to turn over most of their earnings to Young.

It is alleged that his co-defendant, Swanson, assisted Young in promoting one of the 14-year-old victims, including providing her with false identification so she could rent a hotel room to have sex with men for money.

The case was investigated by New York City Police Department Detective David Mills of the Major Case Human Trafficking Team, Vice Enforcement Division, under the supervision of Lieutenant Christopher Sharpe and Captain Thomas Milano, and the overall supervision of Inspector James Klein.

The Acting District Attorney thanked Sergeant Patricia Gusmano, of the Special Victims Unit at the Union County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office, for her assistance in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney David Weiss, of the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit, with the assistance of Brooklyn Middleton, Senior Intelligence Analyst with the District Attorney’s Crime Strategies Unite, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Laura Edidin, Unit Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau.

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Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to Celebrate Pride Month With Event Honoring Leaders in the Community

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Monday, June 19, 2017

 

Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to Celebrate Pride Month
With Event Honoring Leaders in the Community

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Launches LGBTQ Initiative

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced the launch of an initiative to better serve the LGBTQ community, including office-wide training of prosecutors to ensure they are culturally competent in relating to LGBTQ crime victims and outreach to the LGBTQ community to get the word out that the District Attorney’s Office is a safe space to report crime, and, where appropriate, offer alternative sentencings with relevant programming for LGBTQ defendants.

The Acting District Attorney also announced that his Office will celebrate Pride Month with an event planned for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Brooklyn Law School, Feil Hall, 205 State Street, 22nd Floor, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served.

During the Pride Event, attorney Kylar W. Broadus of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund will receive the Legal Excellence Award and the Ali Forney Center, Brooklyn Community Pride and Caribbean-American Pride will receive Community Social Impact Awards. Jamel Gaines of the Jamel Gaines Creative Dance Outlet is set to perform.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “I am proud to announce the launch of our LGBTQ initiative which involves a combination of office-wide training in terminology and sensitivity, and outreach to the LGBTQ community. As prosecutors charged with keeping the community safe, it is important that we establish a safe space for the LGBTQ community to report when they are victims of crime, especially since crimes against this community have historically been underreported and violence against transgender women of color continues to rise. Also, in an effort to prevent future crimes, our office will offer, where appropriate, alternative sentences to LGBTQ youth defendants including programs that specialize in their particular needs to help reduce recidivism and connect them with appropriate services.”

Following is a brief outline of the initiative, which was launched this month:

  1. Office-wide training on LGBTQ issues focusing on cultural competency, the community and law enforcement and how the community interacts with the criminal justice system, including specialized trainings for prosecutors in specialized bureaus such as the Domestic Violence Bureau and the Young Adult Court Bureau.
  2. Community outreach with organizations and community spaces outside of the office to combat underreporting. Information regarding the process of filing a report and the role of the prosecutor, and services available to survivors of crime.
  3. Research, create and enhance alternative to incarceration sentencing programs for LGBTQ defendants, including drug treatment programs, anger management programs and consideration of appropriate programs for vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ homeless youth and transgender individuals.
  4. Creation of educational materials for use in office and out in the community, such as pamphlets containing information about LGBTQ service agencies, “How to Report” materials, information about KCDA’s Domestic Violence Bureau, Family Justice Center and KCDA contact information.
  5. An annual June Pride Event hosted by KCDA during Pride Month to celebrate the history and culture of the LGBTQ community and to honor community leaders, advocates and organizations.

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Teen Indicted for Attempted Murder for Seriously Injuring Police Officer by Intentionally Dragging Him with a Vehicle

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Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Teen Indicted for Attempted Murder for Seriously Injuring
Police Officer by Intentionally Dragging Him with a Vehicle

Allegedly Sped off in Stolen Car as NYPD Officer Hung on

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 15-year-old Brooklyn teenager has been indicted for attempted murder and assault in connection with an incident that left a New York City Police Officer with life threatening injuries. The defendant allegedly sped away in a stolen car after the officer approached and then weaved the vehicle to cause the officer, who was attempting to hang on, to be thrown off and suffer severe head trauma.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The defendant in this case allegedly tried to escape during a lawful stop and, in doing so, seriously injured a dedicated police officer. This appalling and senseless criminal behavior will be prosecuted to the fullest extent because we simply won’t allow anyone to put our police officers in harm’s way. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Veve and his family.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Justin Murrell, 15, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen Riviezzo on an indictment in which he is charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. The defendant was ordered held without bail and to return to court on August 22, 2017. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Acting District Attorney said that on June 3, 2016, officers from the 67th Precinct responded to the corner of Tilden Avenue and East 53rd Street in East Flatbush to investigate a report of shots fired. Officer Dalsh Veve approached a black Honda Civic that was driven by the defendant and had three other passengers, according to the investigation.

When Officer Veve attempted to stop the vehicle, the defendant fled with the officer holding onto the car. The evidence shows that the defendant drove up to 56 mph while weaving through the streets. The Officer was able to discharge his weapon, striking the defendant in the jaw, and was then flung from the vehicle. He suffered severe neurological injuries and remains in a coma.

The defendant crashed the car and he and the three occupants of the Honda – which had been stolen – fled on foot, the investigation found. Murrell walked about 15 blocks to Kings County Hospital, but saw several police cars outside so he took an Uber to Brookdale Hospital and was admitted.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.

An indictment is merely an accusation and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

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Sheepshead Bay Man Indicted for Fatally Shooting Wife

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

Sheepshead Bay Man Indicted for Fatally Shooting Wife

Assaulted Victim’s Cousin as She Tried to Protect Her; Defendant Fled to Delaware

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 30-year-old man from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with the murder of his 30-year-old wife, whom he allegedly assaulted before shooting her in the head last month. The defendant allegedly admitted to committing the murder before fleeing to Delaware.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant is charged with ruthlessly shooting to death an innocent and beloved woman who was out celebrating with her family. I am determined to hold him accountable for this cold-blooded murder.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Gabino Genao, 30, of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew D’Emic on an indictment in which he is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault. He was ordered held without bail and to return to court on August 2, 2017. The defendant faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 26, 2017 at about 11:15 p.m., in front of 2714 West 36th Street in Seagate, Brooklyn, the defendant shot his wife, Iveliss Alvarado, multiple times in the head. The couple was not living together at the time and the victim was celebrating at a family reunion before she was fatally shot.

A cousin of the victim witnessed the defendant pummeling her cousin, intervened in an attempt to protect her and suffered bruises when the defendant allegedly punched her as well. The cousin fled as the defendant opened fire. After the shooting, the defendant was heard saying, “I killed her,” according to the investigation. He was apprehended in Delaware on June 2, 2017 and extradited to Brooklyn today.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Andres Palacio of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Richa Bhasin, of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michelle Kaminsky, Domestic Violence Bureau Chief.

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An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

 

MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officer Who Struck Pedestrian Indicted For Leaving the Scene of an Incident

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officer Who Struck Pedestrian
Indicted For Leaving the Scene of an Incident

Defendant Allegedly Struck Pedestrian on Brooklyn side of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Put Him in Marked Patrol Car, Drove Him to Staten Island, and Left Him on Side of Road

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that an MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officer has been indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an incident for allegedly striking a pedestrian in Brooklyn, then driving him over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and leaving him unattended on the Staten Island side of the bridge.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “That an on-duty officer would strike a pedestrian and leave the scene is shocking; that he would move the victim and ask him not to report the officer is even more egregious. The defendant’s post at the time of the incident was traffic enforcement – he should have been keeping pedestrians safe, not endangering lives.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Lawrence Ffrench, 42, of Brooklyn. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on an indictment in which he is charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting as a felony and third-degree intimidating a witness. He was released without bail and ordered to return to court on August 23, 2017. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 26, 2016, at approximately 7:00 p.m., near the corner of 92nd Street and Gatling Place, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the victim, a 41 year-old man, was crossing the street in the crosswalk walking toward the S53 bus stop when he was allegedly struck by a marked MTA vehicle driven by Officer Ffrench, thrown through the air and landed on the ground.

Officer Ffrench allegedly exited the vehicle, approached the victim – who was visibly injured and unable to walk – and placed him in the rear of his car. He then allegedly drove over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toward Staten Island, took the first exit off the right hand side of the road, Bay Street, then drove to a smaller access road in the vicinity of Tompkins Avenue and Wadsworth Avenue. He pulled the victim from the car and left him on the side of the road.

The officer allegedly asked the victim not to tell anyone who struck him and promised to call an ambulance, according to the investigation. The victim called 911, at approximately 7:38 p.m., and told the operator that he had been struck by an MTA police car and left in Staten Island. Emergency medical technicians responded and placed the victim in an ambulance. It is alleged that Officer Ffrench returned to the scene in his personal vehicle while the victim was in the ambulance and told the victim not to tell anyone that it was the defendant who struck him.

The victim was taken to Staten Island University Hospital where he remained for four days. He suffered numbness and pain to his right arm and swelling and pain to his right knee. He had surgery on his knee and continues to undergo physical therapy.

The case was investigated by Investigator John Moakley of the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Internal Security Department, Special Investigations Division.

It was additionally investigated by Detective Investigators John Rodriguez and Robert Galvin, of the Kings County District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau, under the overall supervision of Chief Investigator Joseph Piraino.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Prabhalya Pulim, of the District Attorney’s Civil Rights Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kelli M. Muse, Deputy Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

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Long Island Woman Convicted of Murder for Hire of Husband; Gunman Also Found Guilty of Murder

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

Long Island Woman Convicted of Murder for Hire of Husband;
Gunman Also Found Guilty of Murder

Wife Provided Boyfriend with Cash and Gun to Give Killer after Two Previous
Failed Attempts at Husband’s Life; Tried to Cash Out Life Insurance Policy Days Later

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a woman has been convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her husband in 2013 after two failed attempts at the victim’s life. The gunman was also convicted of murder.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “These defendants engaged in a calculated and cold-hearted plot to kill an innocent man. Their heinous scheme was exposed and a jury has now held them responsible for these reprehensible crimes.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendants as Alisha Noel-Murray, 29, of West Babylon, NY, and Kirk Portious, 29, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. Noel-Murray was convicted on June 8, 2017 of first-degree murder following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog and Portious was convicted today by a separate jury of first-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Each defendant faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole when they’re sentenced on June 29, 2017.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on February 24, 2013, at about 12:58 p.m., Omar Murray, 37, was shot dead inside his home, located at 204 Lott Avenue in Brownsville. The investigation led police to Damien Lovell, Noel-Murray’s boyfriend, who told investigators that his girlfriend had asked him to find someone to kill her husband after her attempt to poison him had failed. The first person shot at the victim on February 6, 2013, but missed, according to testimony.

Lovell then hired Portious and provided him with a $500 down payment and the gun, which he received from Noel-Murray, the evidence showed. The gunman was promised a total of $3,500. Noel-Murray had taken out nearly $900,000 in life insurance on her husband before the murder and attempted to cash out the policies within days of his death.

Lovell had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for a promised sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, and Assistant Distant Attorney Ebonie Legrand, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief.

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Twelve Alleged Gang Members Variously Charged With Conspiracy and Attempted Murder in Bushwick Turf War

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

 

Twelve Alleged Gang Members Variously Charged
With Conspiracy and Attempted Murder in Bushwick Turf War

Defendants Shot at Rivals on Busy Streets, Sometimes in Broad Daylight;
Innocent Bystanders Struck, Others Narrowly Escaped Harm in 10 Shooting Incident

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, today announced that 12 alleged members of the Bushwick- based street gang True Bosses Only have been variously charged in a 59-count indictment with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, weapons possession and other charges in connection with 10 separate shootings that left seven people injured.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This indictment describes a terrifying mix of deadly force and mindless obsessions with turf, leading to serious consequences for innocent bystanders. We will never stop fighting against gun violence and this kind of senseless disregard for the safety of our children and neighbors.

The Acting District Attorney further said, “Many of these territorial disputes, in this and other cases, revolve around New York City Housing Authority developments. To that end, I have recently launched a Public Housing Crime Suppression Unit that will work to reduce crime in housing developments using data-driven intelligence focusing on the drivers of crime. The Unit will work closely with resident associations, community members, NYCHA and the NYPD to proactively suppress crime and violence, maintain safety and develop trust.”

Commissioner O’Neill said, “Today’s charges allege a series of shootings in Bushwick, among other things, that left several injured. Today’s arrests and indictment will continue helping reduce violence that have helped make our City the safest big city in America.”

The Acting District Attorney said that nine of the defendants were arraigned last week and this week before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Miller and Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Guy Mangano and variously held on bail. Three of the defendants are awaiting arraignment. All of the defendants are charged with second- and fourth-degree conspiracy. They are variously charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, first- and second-degree attempted assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, and first-degree reckless endangerment. The defendants face up to 25 years in prison on the top conspiracy count. (See defendant addendum).

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the indictment, the defendants, who now range in age from 17 to 26, are alleged to be members of True Bosses Only (“TBO”).  TBO is alleged to be a violent street gang operating within the confines of the 83rd Precinct, bordering the 73rd and 81st Precincts. TBO’s purported territory extends north and south approximately between Broadway and Wyckoff Avenue, and east and west approximately between Cooper Street and Madison Street.

Between July 2015 and the present, the indictment alleges, members of TBO have been feuding with three other violent street gangs: Elm Street Piru, which operates within the 83rd Precinct just west of TBO territory, approximately between Palmetto Street and DeKalb Avenue; Loot Gang, which operates out of the New York City Housing Authority Ocean Hill Houses, to the south of TBO territory within the confines of the 73rd Precinct; and 900 Gang, which operates largely out of the NYCHA Sumner Houses within the confines of the 79th Precinct.

During the course of the conspiracy the defendants allegedly agreed to commit crimes, including murder and assault, in order to maintain their dominance over their claimed geographic area.  Gang members are accused of using social media to direct their acts of violence toward rival gang members, as well as take credit after crimes occurred. At other times the defendants taunted their rivals by taking photos and videos of themselves in rival territory and posting them on Facebook and YouTube. They allegedly made use of so-called “community guns,” which were made available to various TBO members for the purpose of shooting at rivals.

Furthermore, according to the indictment, in addition to the struggle for geographical control, much of TBO’s violent activity was driven by the desire to retaliate for prior shootings targeting TBO members, particularly the September 27, 2013 shooting death of TBO member Bashiek Reddick, a.k.a., Bless.

Among the acts of violence charged in the conspiracy are the following:

  • On July 8, 2015, at approximately 9 p.m., Hector Lleras and other TBO members were in front of the Hi-Mango Market at 341 Knickerbocker Avenue, in Elm Street Piru territory, when Lleras allegedly fired shots across the street, missing his target. The bullet went through window of a car parked in the vicinity, narrowly missing a man sitting in the front seat.
  • On October 30, 2015, defendant Gilbert Arciliares was in front of 180 Wyckoff Avenue, in Elm Street Piru territory, at approximately 2:40 p.m., when he allegedly fired three shots. One of the shots struck an MTA bus, shattering a window and narrowly missing a passenger, who suffered cuts to her forehead from the broken glass.
  • On September 11, 2016, at approximately 9:30 p.m., in the vicinity of 290 Central Avenue, Gilbert Arciliares, who was with another TBO member, allegedly fired a .380 caliber pistol multiple times at rival Elm Street Piru members, striking instead two innocent women who were walking in the area.
  • On March 1, 2017, at approximately 4:20 p.m., at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Harman Street, defendant Gilbert Arciliares allegedly fired shots down Myrtle Avenue at two Piru gang members on bicycles. Arciliares missed his targets, but struck an innocent bystander in the torso and sent passersby, including children, running to escape the gunfire.

Additionally, three alleged rival gang members were shot and injured during the course of the conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by New York City Police Department Detectives Shane Maynard and Robert Nelson, of the Gun Violence Suppression Division, under the supervision of Sergeant Andrew Dunton and the overall supervision of Assistant Chief James Essig.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Owen Sucoff and James Slattery, of the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Jonathan R. Sennett, Deputy Chief of VCE and Assistant District Attorney Nicole Chavis, Chief, and the overall supervision of Patricia McNeill, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Investigations Division.

An indictment is merely an accusation and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

 

DEFENDANT ADDENDUM:

  1. Carlos Lucas, a.k.a., Skrap, 22, of Ocean Hill, Brooklyn.
  2. Hector Lleras, a.k.a., Kash, 26, of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
  3. Gilbert Arciliares, a.k.a., Gilly, 22, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
  4. Patrick Tucker, a.k.a., Holly, 25, of Canarsie, Brooklyn.
  5. Tyrece Findlay, a.k.a., Preme, 20, of West Farms, Bronx.
  6. Malik Cherry, a.k.a., Euros, 20, of Gravesend, Brooklyn.
  7. Anthony Gooding, a.k.a., Gunna, 21, of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
  8. Yasin Shearin, a.k.a., Ya-Ya, 19, of Graniteville, Staten Island.
  9. Jamar Lovander, a.k.a., Headache, 26, of Arverne, Queens.

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Fort Greene Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison For Shooting at Three Police Officers in their Vehicle on Patrol

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

 

Fort Greene Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
For Shooting at Three Police Officers in their Vehicle on Patrol

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 25-year-old Fort Greene man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for shooting at three New York City Police Officers sitting in an unmarked car while on patrol.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “These three officers were out on patrol, doing what many of our brave members of the New York City Police Department do every day: putting their lives on the line to ensure our safety. For this defendant to attack them so deliberately is truly unconscionable. I will not stand for such wanton violence against anyone in this borough, let alone against those sworn to protect us.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Quashawn Smith, 25, of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Michael Gary to 11 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his guilty plea to second-degree attempted murder on April 17, 2017.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on October 7, 2015, at approximately 10:43 p.m., three officers from the NYPD’s 88th Precinct were on patrol in an unmarked black vehicle near Park Avenue and North Portland Avenue when they saw three men, including the defendant, co-defendant Davon Morrison and another man standing together on the sidewalk, engaged in conversation. Upon driving by, the officers thought they recognized the third man as a local robbery recidivist, so they decided to circle back in their vehicle for a second look.

According to the investigation, when the officers returned, the third man had left the area, and Smith was crossing the street, dragging a piece of luggage. Morrison, meanwhile, was standing on the sidewalk near the officers’ vehicle when he began to gesture with both hands, pointing them like pistols. Smith then backed up, crouched between two parked cars, drew a gun and opened fire at the front of the officers’ vehicle.

The Acting District Attorney said that, at this point, the officers began to return fire at Smith, wounding him. At the same time, their vehicle was shot at from behind, causing the back window to shatter. Having lost sight of Morrison, the officers exited their vehicle and pursued Smith, but he fled the scene. None of the officers were injured in the shooting.

According to the investigation, a .45 caliber pistol was later recovered from underneath a parked car near the location of the shooting. Smith’s DNA was found on the gun.

Smith was apprehended the next day, October 8, 2015, at Beth Israel Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound. He later admitted to shooting at a black vehicle and tossing a gun under a car while being pursued by police officers. Morrison also was apprehended on October 8, in a nearby apartment. He pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal use of a firearm in April 2017 and is awaiting sentencing.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Pan of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau Red Zone, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Cary Fischer, Deputy Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kin Ng, Bureau Chief.

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Bushwick Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Shooting a Teenager in Broad Daylight

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 

Bushwick Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
For Shooting a Teenager in Broad Daylight

Opened Fire across the Street from a Playground in Sheepshead Bay

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 21-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting a 16-year-old teen in broad daylight, leaving him with wounds to the ankle and buttocks. The incident happened during a summer afternoon across the street from a playground.

Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This callous and senseless shooting at a time when children were playing is infuriating. We will continue to vigorously prosecute all instances of gun violence in Brooklyn and seek lengthy prison terms against anyone who fires a weapon on our streets.”

The Acting District Attorney identified the defendant as Joseph Ackwood, 21, of Bushwick, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram to 10 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his guilty plea on April 6, 2017 to second-degree attempted murder.

The Acting District Attorney said that on July 25, 2016, at about 4 p.m., the 16-year-old victim was standing with friends outside a bodega located at 2964 Avenue X in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. A playground is situated across the street from that location. The defendant approached on a bicycle, according to the investigation, exchanged words with the victim, then pulled out a .40 caliber firearm from his waistband, chased the victim into the street and fired multiple times.

The victim was struck in the ankle and buttocks. He was hospitalized for over a week. Surveillance footage from the bodega depicted the incident and showed passersby running away from the scene once the shooting started. The defendant, a member of the Young Stackers street gang, was apprehended a month later.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Sasha Pemberton of the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau Green Zone under the supervision of David Klestzick, Bureau Chief.

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