Leader of White Supremacist Group Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Make Death Threats Against Journalist
Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Tyreik Jackson, also known as “Marlo,” a member of the Makk Balla Brims Bloods street gang, the King of Queens street gang and a narcotics-trafficking crew that controlled the vicinity of 8th Street and Astoria Boulevard in Queens, was sentenced by United States District Judge Eric Komitee to 10 years’ imprisonment for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Jackson possessed the ammunition in connection with shooting an individual over a perceived drug-dealing dispute. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2022.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the sentence.
“The defendant, who has previously been convicted of a violent felony crime, has demonstrated that he shows no respect for the law or human life. With today’s sentence, he is deservedly removed from the community,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “Fortunately, in this case, the victim survived. I commend the prosecutors in our Office and our law enforcement partners who are working tirelessly to deter gun violence bringing cases with serious federal consequences against violent individuals like the defendant.”
Mr. Peace expressed his appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for their outstanding work and assistance in this investigation and prosecution.
As set forth in court filings, prior to the shooting, members of Jackson’s narcotics-trafficking crew had threatened the victim multiple times, claiming that he had sold marijuana in their territory. Shortly before midnight on September 26, 2020, Jackson was standing outside a nightclub in Long Island City when he saw the victim ride past him on a scooter. Jackson was picked up by two associates and driven to the Queensbridge Houses, where both Jackson and the victim had lived as youths. Jackson walked up to the victim and fired three shots, wounding him in the elbow, hip, and buttocks. Jackson’s street name was “Marlo,” adopted from the fictional drug kingpin Marlo Stanfield in the HBO show “The Wire.” Shell casings from the bullets fired by Jackson were recovered by NYPD detectives at the scene of the shooting.
Jackson was previously convicted in 2008 of felony assault arising from separate attacks in which he struck one victim in the head with a baseball bat and restrained a second victim who was stabbed by another individual.
This case was brought in conjunction with the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone, and the NYPD’s 114th Precinct. As part of the program, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and their local communities to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Emily Dean and Benjamin Weintraub are in charge of the prosecution.
TYREIK JACKSON (also known as “Marlo”)
Queens, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-476 (EK)
Danielle Blustein Hass
United States Attorney’s Office