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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Leaders Of Violent Bloods Street Gang Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Racketeering Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. – Two leaders of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods street gang were each sentenced to 360 months in prison for their respective roles in a racketeering conspiracy that involved murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to distribute heroin, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced today.

Narik Wilson, a/k/a “Spaz,” 32, and Emil Rutledge, a/k/a “Diddy,” 28, both of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to Count Two of a superseding indictment charging them with racketeering conspiracy. Wilson was sentenced today by Judge Wigenton in Newark federal court. Rutledge was sentenced by Judge Wigenton on Jun 20, 2017.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The Bloods street gang is organized into subgroups that operate in specific geographic locations. Sex Money Murder is the subgroup that operates primarily in Essex County, New Jersey.

Wilson and Rutledge, high-ranking members in Sex Money Murder, admitted that from 2007 to 2011, they committed a series of violent crimes to advance the gang’s objectives. Wilson, the leader, or “O.G.,” of Sex Money Murder, admitted that he directed the murder and attempted murder of eight rival gang members in and around Newark. Rutledge, a “captain,” or “shot-caller,” of Sex Money Murder, admitted that he and others carried out a number of the shootings ordered by Wilson, causing series injuries to others and the death of a victim.

Wilson admitted that he conspired with and directed other members of Sex Money Murder to murder the following individuals described in the indictment:

Feb. 4, 2007

Attempted murder of a rival gang member, (Victim 1)

Feb. 16, 2007

Attempted murder of a rival gang member (Victim 2)

Oct. 29, 2010

Attempted murder of a rival gang member (Victim 3)

June 16, 2011

Attempted murder of rival gang members (Victims 4-7)

July 14, 2011

Murder of a rival gang member (Victim 8)

Aug. 3, 2011

Attempted murder of a rival gang member (Victim 6)


Rutledge admitted that, acting at Wilson’s direction, he and others carried out drive-by shootings of Victims 3 through 7 on the above-described dates. Rutledge also admitted that he and others killed Victim 8 in a drive-by shooting. In addition, Wilson and Rutledge admitted conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin in and around Newark.

Judge Wigenton also sentenced both defendants to five years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray; the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Armando V. Fontoura; and the Newark Department of Public Safety, under the direction of Anthony F. Ambrose, with the investigation.

He also thanked special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski; and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Marcus S. Watson, for their roles in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dara Govan and Mary Toscano, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel:

Wilson: Michael N. Pedicini Esq., Chatham, New Jersey

Rutledge: Timothy R. Anderson Esq., Red Bank, New Jersey

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Updated June 21, 2017