A Syracuse man pleads guilty to an unsolved murder, admitting he was part of a gang that shot and killed a rival gang member.
22-year-old Jarrell Williams pled guilty to an indictment that charged him and 13 others to conspiring to exploit their membership in the Bricktown Gang to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity which included multiple acts of murder, drug trafficking and robbery. Eleven other defendants have already pled guilty and the charges against two others are still pending.
Williams admits he shot a rival gang member in the back along the 100 block of Cannon Street on September 4, 2007 and later that evening fired several shots, killing Anthony Ford and wounded a woman in the head.
As part of his plea, Williams also admits that the Bricktown Gang has operated within the City of Syracuse from at least 2000 through the present and that members of the Bricktown Gang 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 admits they project 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, use criteria such as willingness to use violence, ability to sell drugs, and familial connections to determine membership and routinely carry and use firearms in connection with their gang activity.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30, 2013. He faces up to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.