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      Member of Syracuse Bricktown Gang off to prison for nearly 12 years

      Another member of a notorious Syracuse gang will spend nearly 12 years in prison.

      29-year-old Shawntell Rush was sentenced in federal court for his role in the gang. Prosecutors say he engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity through his membership in the Bricktown Gang, a violent street gang that terrorized parts of the city.

      As part of his plea, Rush admitted that the gang operated in Syracuse from at least 200 through the present and that its members maintain a specific geographic territory within the City of Syracuse in which only gang members can sell crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, protect that exclusive crack distribution territory with violence if necessary and obtain drugs from suppliers in New York City and elsewhere. He also admits the gang projects a very violent attitude and respond to violence with violence in order to preserve their stature in the gang community, on occasion use hand signs, wear blue colored bandanas and have tattoos, all of which are intended to signify their gang membership and use criteria such as willingness to use violence, ability to sell drugs, and familial connections to determine membership. Rush admits they routinely carry and use guns in connection with their gang activity.

      Rush also admitted to a robbery and multiple acts of gun possession as part of his gang activity.