Four alleged members of a violent southeast Queens street gang were found guilty of conspiring to murder two purported rival gang members and now could face up to 25 years in prison.
The reputed gang members — Justin Campbell, 19, Dane’e Cato, 23, Jahmarley Jones, 21, and Trevor Lucas, 23, of the affiliated so-called SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything, Young Bosses and Mobbed Out Bosses — were convicted Wednesday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
“The convictions obtained in this case today strike at the heart of a unified and criminally active group of young people who threatened the lives and safety of innocent bystanders by conspiring to kill two purported members of a rival gang in retaliation for the shooting death of a SNOW gang member. As such, the imposition of lengthy prison sentences is more than warranted,” Brown said in a statement.
All of the men were found guilty of second-degree conspiracy and face the possibility of 25 years in prison when they are sentenced next month. Campbell was additionally convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful assembly; and Jones of false personation and unlawful assembly.
According to trial testimony, the alleged gang members operated in southeast Queens, mainly in neighborhoods of Rosedale, Laurelton and Rochdale Village, Brown said. They conspired, between March 30 and April 1, 2014, to kill two reputed members of a rival gang as revenge for the March 2014 shooting death of a SNOW gang member.
As part of that plot, Jones and Campbell and other purported gang members gathered in Montbellier Park in Springfield Gardens, Queens on April 1, 2014, “for unlawful purposes and that when confronted by police they ran away but were quickly apprehended,” according to prosecutors.