110 Gang Syracuse RICO Trial Ends in Conviction
Anthony Hopper Convicted on RICO Indictment Including One Murder
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Following an eight-day trial, a federal jury in Syracuse convicted Anthony Hopper, age 32, of Syracuse, of violating the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner. The RICO conviction included a finding that Hopper was guilty of a murder. The jury acquitted on another murder allegation contained in the RICO indictment and on a charge of discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence. The other 13 men charged in the same indictment as Hopper have all pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
During the trial, jurors heard testimony from members of the 110 Gang and others about the 110 Gang’s robberies, drug trafficking, and illegal possession of firearms. They also heard from witnesses who described how the 110 Gang retaliated against other gangs for shootings and murders.
“No one should have to live in a neighborhood controlled by thugs,” said U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith. “Thanks to the dedicated work of the Syracuse Police Department, the FBI, and law enforcement agencies in Onondaga County, another 110 Gang member will now be held responsible for killing a person in our community. We will never waver in our resolve to prosecute violent gang members.”
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner, said, “The Syracuse Police Department would like to thank United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith for his partnership in the indictment of 14 men, members and known associates of the “110” Gang, on Racketeering charges. The convictions of these individuals culminates the efforts of our local, state and federal partners. This is another example of how working together is beneficial to our entire community. We look forward to continuing in this partnership.”
“Anthony Hopper chose to terrorize his community through violence and fear on behalf of the 110 Gang, and now he will face the consequences of those actions,” said James Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). “The FBI and our partners will continue to aggressively pursue gangs wherever they surface and are committed to making Syracuse and the surrounding communities a safe place for our citizens.”
Sentencing is scheduled for June 16, 2020 in Syracuse before Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. Hopper faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, based upon the jury’s finding that he was guilty of committing a murder. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Syracuse Police Department, and the Gang Violence Task Force, which consists of members of the Syracuse Police, the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New York State Police, the New York State Department of Corrections, the New York State Attorney General, and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicolas Commandeur and Kristen Grabowski.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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.