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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bricktown Gang Member Pleads Guilty

As Part of Plea Jarrell Williams Admits to Previously Unsolved Homicide

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announces that JARRELL WILLIAMS, age 22, of Syracuse, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court in Syracuse to an indictment which charged him and 13 others with conspiring to exploit their membership in the Bricktown Gang to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity which included multiple acts of murder, drug trafficking, and robbery. Eleven other defendants have already pled guilty and the charges against two others remain pending.

As part of his plea WILLIAMS admitted that the Bricktown Gang has operated within the City of Syracuse from at least 2000 through the present and that members of the Bricktown Gang: (1) maintain a specific geographic territory within the City of Syracuse in which only gang members can sell crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana; (2) protect that exclusive crack distribution territory with violence if necessary; (3) obtain drugs from suppliers in New York City and elsewhere; (4) project a very violent attitude and respond to violence with violence in order to preserve their stature in the gang community; (5) on occasion use hand signs, wear blue colored bandanas and have tattoos, all of which are intended to signify their gang membership; (6) use criteria such as willingness to use violence, ability to sell drugs, and familial connections to determine membership; and (7) routinely carry and use firearms in connection with their gang activity.

WILLIAMS also admitted as part of his plea that he possessed handguns on a regular basis during the relevant time period. He also admitted that: (1) on September 4, 2007 he shot a rival gang member in the back in the 1000 block of Cannon Street; and (2) later that same evening he killed Anthony Ford and wounded a female victim in the head by firing several shots from a handgun at them. The Ford homicide was heretofore unsolved.

WILLIAMS is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30, 2013. He faces up to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release following any period of incarceration.

This prosecution resulted from a long-term investigation conducted by the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force, which is comprised of agents and detectives from the following agencies: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (Syracuse Office), the Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Troopers, and the United States Marshals Service. The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Further questions or inquiries may be directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney, John M. Katko, who is handling the case, at (315) 448-0672.

Updated January 29, 2015