Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy

NEWARK—A member of the Paterson, New Jersey Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for conspiring to murder and kidnap a rival gang member and to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Haleek State, 27, of Paterson, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to a second superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

State, a member of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods, admitted that he conspired with fellow gang members Larry Mayo, John Benning, and Torien Brooks to murder a rival gang member, identified in court documents as “M.M.” State said the plan arose out of a disagreement between Brooks and M.M. On April 11, 2005, the four gang members kidnapped and pistol-whipped M.M., eventually taking him to the Paterson Falls to murder him. As the gang members exited the car, M.M. was able to escape and run down the street, saving his life.

State also admitted that he conspired with other individuals from January 2005 through January 2007 to sell cocaine in an apartment building on 16th Avenue in Paterson controlled by a Fruit Town Brims member.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced State to three years’ supervised release.

Mayo and Benning have pleaded guilty to related offenses and await sentencing. The charges against Brooks remain pending.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward—which includes members from the Newark Police Department, East Orange Police Department, Essex County Department of Corrections, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Jersey City Police Department, the New Jersey Division of Parole, and the Paterson Police Department—along with the New Jersey Department of Corrections-Special Investigations Division with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

He also thanked the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes; and the Special Operations Division’s National Gang Targeting, Enforcement and Coordination Center, under the direction of Director John Sieder, for their important roles.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa L. Jampol, Lisa Colone, and Robert Frazer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Criminal Division in Newark.

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