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Final Elite Assassin Milla Gang Member Sentenced to More Than 18 Years in Prison for Violent Crimes in Two Separate Cases

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Defendant Convicted of Assault In-Aid-of-Racketeering and Armed Robbery

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Qawon Allen, also known as “40” and “Phorty Wap,” was sentenced by United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto to 140 months in prison for assault in-aid-of-racketeering in connection with his role in the shooting and attempted murder of a rival.  Allen pleaded guilty to the charges in May 2022.  Today’s sentence will be served consecutive to the seven-year term of imprisonment imposed earlier this year by United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Allen pleaded guilty to the firearm charge in January 2020.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and James Smith, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, announced the sentence.

Allen was a long-time member of the East New York-based Elite Assassin Millas (E.A.M.), a set of the Bloods street gang that operated primarily in East New York.  The gang made money through fraud and drug dealing, particularly sales of crack cocaine and marijuana.  The gang murdered or attempted to murder its rivals to maintain its power and referred to East New York as “Gun Town” for the level of violence its members and associates committed and perpetuated.  Allen helped track down rivals so E.A.M members could shoot them.

In United States v. Allen, Docket No. 19-CR-128, Allen pleaded guilty to robbing a drug dealer at gunpoint.  In United States v. Allen, Docket No. 20-CR-213, Allen pleaded guilty to his role in the shooting of a victim.  Specifically, Allen alerted the gang’s so-called “Godfather” Quandel Smothers and another member of E.A.M. to the victim’s location so that the victim could be murdered.  Allen also provided the location of a hidden firearm that others could pick up to use in the shooting. 

 All other members and associates of E.A.M. that were charged with Allen have been convicted of crimes including conspiracy to commit murder, using firearms in connection with murder, assault, and interstate stalking causing life threatening injury and sentenced for their conduct.  Tyshawn Corbett was sentenced to 45 years’ imprisonment; Smothers was sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment after being convicted at trial; Marlon Bristol was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment; Devon Bristol was sentenced to 80 months’ imprisonment; and Desmonn Beckett was sentenced to 64 months’ imprisonment. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Siegel, Genny Ngai, and Matthew Galeotti are in charge of the prosecution with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Brittany Wissel.

The Defendant:

QAWON ALLEN (also known as “40” and “Phorty Wap”)
Age: 28
Brooklyn, New York

Defendant Convicted at Trial:

QUANDEL SMOTHERS (also known as “Chucky”)
Age: 32
Brooklyn, New York

Defendants Who Pleaded Guilty

TYSHAWN CORBETT (also known as “Reck”)
Age: 32
Brooklyn, New York

DESMONN BECKETT (also known as “Des”)
Age: 30
Brooklyn, New York

DEVON BRISTOL (also known as “D”)
Age: 32
Brooklyn, New York

MARLON BRISTOL (also known as “Marlo”)
Age: 35
Brooklyn, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-213 (KAM); E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-128 (NGG)


John Marzulli
Danielle Blustein Hass
United States Attorney's Office
(718) 254-6323

Updated May 20, 2024

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