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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

10th Street Gang Sentenced for Racketeering



BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Derrick Yancey, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Conspiracy (RICO Conspiracy), was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, who handled the case, stated that from 2005 through 2010, the defendant was a member of the 10th Street Gang. As a part of his involvement in the gang, Yancey admitted driving fellow 10th Street Gang members to shoot rival 7th Street Gang members.  Specifically, on September 15, 2008, the defendant drove armed 10th Street Gang members to shoot rival 7th Street Gang members, who were standing outside on Busti Avenue in Buffalo. While Yancey drove the car, his 10th Street Gang accomplices shot and killed Omar Fraticello-Lugo, and injured two others. The defendant then drove the shooters from the scene. Brandon Bobbitt was also convicted for his role in the murder of Omar Fraticello-Lugo.

 Yancey is one of 44 10th Street Gang members and associates charged and convicted in this case.    

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Michael Cerretto, the Buffalo Police Department under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division.

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