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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 19, 2018

Long Island Gang Leader Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Shooting Two Rivals in Hempstead

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Alton Gore, also known as “A-Murder,” the leader of the Outlaws street gang, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 15 years’ imprisonment following his April 6, 2018 guilty plea to assault in aid of racketeering and discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.     

Richard P. Donoghue, 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), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence.

“Gore earned today’s sentence by blindly shooting into a house, permanently disabling one man and injuring another,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “Violence in the name of a street gang jeopardizes the safety of the entire community and will not be tolerated.  We will continue working tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to rid Long Island of the Outlaws and every other street gang.” 

“Violent street gangs endanger public safety and paralyze communities through fear and intimidation,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “Gore showed a flagrant disregard for the safety of others in opening fire on that home – two rival gang members were shot, one gravely injured, and his reckless actions could have endangered the lives of many others. The FBI’s Long Island Safe Streets Gang Task Force will continue to pursue justice for gang members who act outside the boundaries of the law.”

“The sentence of Defendant Gore is a clear example of how these violent crimes will not be tolerated in Nassau County,” stated NCPD Commissioner Ryder.  “These street rival gangs exiting their violence place our residents and communities in harm’s way and injured two others.  It is a testament of the hard work of dedicated professionals that the combined effort of law enforcement was able to bring this defendant to justice to further show that he will be punished for his actions.”

On September 11, 2013, Outlaws gang member Pedro Merchant shot and killed 17-year-old Dante Quinones in Hempstead over gang allegiances.  Following Quinones’ murder, Gore led Outlaws members in a year-long gang war between the Outlaws and the Bloods, which included multiple shootings.  On September 14, 2014, Gore and two Outlaws members staked out a house in Hempstead where Bloods members were watching a boxing match.  Gore and his co-conspirators opened fire into the house, hitting one gang member in the leg and a second gang member in the head, causing him to lose an eye.   

This Office has prosecuted six members and associates of the Outlaws and six members of the Bloods for their participation in this violent gang war.  To date, the following individuals have been sentenced or pled guilty:

  • Pedro Merchant, a member of the Outlaws in Hempstead, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for the September 11, 2013 firearm-related murder of Dante Quinones.
  • Everett Brown, an associate of the Outlaws, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment following his guilty plea to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence for his role in one of three shootings of rivals’ homes committed by the gang on August 19, 2014.  
  • Philip Saunders, a member of the Bloods, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment following his guilty plea to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence for his role in a May 9, 2014 assault of a rival gang member. 
  • Khalil Brown and Naree Barnes, members of the Bloods, were each sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment following their guilty pleas to discharging firearms during a crime of violence for shooting at a rival gang member on October 21, 2014. 
  • Billy McLen, a member of the Bloods, pled guilty to attempted murder in-aid-of racketeering and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and is awaiting sentence.  When sentenced, McLen faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life. 
  • Jonathan Mayzick, a member of the Bloods charged with racketeering, conspiracy to murder and assault rival gang members with dangerous weapons and attempted murder and attempted assault with dangerous weapons, is awaiting trial.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole Boeckmann, Christopher Caffarone and Michael Maffei are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendants:

ALTON GORE (also known as “A-Murder”)
Age:  27
Hempstead, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 16-CR-322 (S-1) (JFB)

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contact: 
John Marzulli Tyler Daniels United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated November 19, 2018