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Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brooklyn Bloods Gang Enforcer Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Narcotics Trafficking

Shondell Walker Was a Member of “Murderous Maddawg” Bloods Crew

Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Shondell Walker, also known as “M-Dot,” a member of the Brooklyn-based Murderous Maddawg Bloods, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for narcotics trafficking and his role as an enforcer for Bloods gang leader Ronald Herron, also known as “Ra Diggs,” or “Ra Digga.” The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.

 

The sentence was announced by Bridget M. Rohde, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI); James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).

“The defendant was an enforcer for a criminal gang that terrorized the Gowanus and Wyckoff Gardens communities for decades,” stated Acting United States Attorney Rohde. “He also testified falsely on behalf of the gang's leader. Together with our law enforcement partners, we are committed to bringing violent criminals to justice and will not be deterred by attempts to obstruct our efforts.”

 

“This case proves the lengths gang members will go to protect their own,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “The subject will spend the bulk of his life in federal prison all because he felt allegiance to a deadly and criminal gang. The work of our FBI New York Metro Safe Streets Task Force and our law enforcement partners is vital to stopping the spread of criminal enterprises like these gangs, and we won’t back off until these gangs no longer exist.”

 

“The defendant in this case – the enforcer for a violent gang that plagued the Gowanus Houses and Wyckoff Gardens housing developments for decades – was sentenced to 30 years behind bars,” stated Commissioner O’Neill. “Today’s sentence should be a reminder to those who trade in drugs and violence: We will never stop in our relentless pursuit of justice.”

 

Walker pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement on October 6, 2011, to conspiring to distribute narcotics. During Herron’s trial, Walker was called as a defense witness and testified falsely on Herron’s behalf. Specifically, Walker testified that Herron had served as a positive role model in the Gowanus and Wyckoff Gardens communities, that he had never seen Herron sell narcotics, and that he had never worked, sold drugs, or carried a firearm on Herron’s behalf. Walker’s claims were substantially undermined by the admission into evidence of a letter he had written from prison in which he stated that he intended to remain loyal to Herron because of their relationship in the Bloods.

 

Herron was convicted after trial and previously sentenced to multiple life terms consecutive to 105 years in prison.

Herron and Walker’s convictions followed dozens of successful prosecutions over the past decade conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, along with the FBI and NYPD, of violent gang members and drug dealers from the Gowanus and Wyckoff Gardens housing developments.

 

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime & Gangs Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Shreve Ariail, Samuel Nitze, and Rena Paul are in charge of the prosecution.

 

The Defendant:

 

SHONDELL WALKER

Age: 31

Brooklyn, New York

 

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 10-CR-615 (NGG)

 

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Contact: 
John Marzulli Tyler Daniels United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated May 30, 2017