MS-13 Gang Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison for Racketeering Charges Including the Murder of 16-Year-Old Victim in Alley Pond Park in Queens
Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Gerod Woodberry was sentenced by United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry to 10 years’ imprisonment for a series of bank robberies in December 2019 and January 2020 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Woodberry pleaded guilty in July 2021.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.
“The defendant has been held accountable in federal court for a 16-day crime spree in which he robbed or attempted to rob six banks,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “I commend the members of law enforcement who apprehended the defendant and ended his string of robberies.”
Woodberry robbed or attempted to rob six New York City banks over a 16 day-period. After committing or attempting to commit robberies on December 30, 2019, January 3, 2020, January 6, 2020, and January 8, 2020, in Manhattan, Woodberry was arrested and charged in state court in New York County with the December 30, 2019 bank robbery. On January 10, 2020, Woodberry was released pending trial on the state charges. Several hours after Woodberry’s release from state custody, he entered a Chase Bank branch located at 20 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, presented a demand note to the teller that read, “THIS IS A ROBBERY BIG BILLS ONLY NO DYE PACKS.” Woodberry received $1,000 in cash and fled the bank. On January 14, 2020, Woodberry attempted a sixth robbery at a Citibank branch in Manhattan, where he received no money and fled the bank. In total, Woodberry stole $3,100 from the three banks that he robbed.
Assistant United States Attorneys Jack Dennehy, Devon Lash and Anna Karamigios are in charge of the prosecution.
Brooklyn, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-31 (DLI)
United States Attorney’s Office