A New York gang leader agreed to a murder-for-hire scheme for $5,000.
Now, he will remain behind bars for more than two decades.
Last month, United States District Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall sentenced “90’s Crew” street gang leader Ronald Williams, 47, to 24 years in prison for the attempted murder of an individual based on paranoia.
Williams was found guilty and convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice murder, use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm as a felon and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
On April 26, 2013, former drug trafficker and co-defendant, Leon Campbell, was under surveillance by Drug Enforcement Administration agents. While making his drug runs to a customer in Brooklyn, Campbell saw the agents and sped off. However, the panicked and jittery drug trafficker assumed the customer had to be in cahoots with the authorities.
Four days later and paranoid, the Campbell requested the aid of Williams, who agreed to the sum of $5,000 to eliminate the unsuspecting customer. As a result, the defendant moved into action and delegated one of his gang members to execute the customer.
However, federal agents got wind of the plan and quickly identified the target.
Soon, a search warrant was executed for Williams’ residence on East 96th Street in Brooklyn, where three handguns, a safe, a drug ledger, a police scanner and a large amount of marijuana were found.
“Ronald Williams showed his indifference for a human life when, without any hesitation, he accepted money to kill someone suspected of being an informant for federal law enforcement. Today’s lengthy sentence demonstrates the seriousness of obstructing justice and that those who seek to do so will be punished. Our district is a safer place with this dangerous and ruthless felon off the streets. I commend the DEA for taking swift action in warning the victim and preventing the planned murder from being carried out,” stated United States Attorney for Eastern District of New York Breon Peace.
Williams’s street gang operated in the Canarsie and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
Campbell pleaded guilty in 2019 to murder-for-hire conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute. He received a nine-year prison term for his role in the plot, reported 1010 Wins.
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