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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 15, 2021

Bronx Gang Member Pleads Guilty To 2018 Shooting In The Nelson Playground

Marvin Gamoneda Participated in a June 2018 Shooting in Which a 13-Year-Old Child Was Struck By Gunfire

Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARVIN GAMONEDA, a/k/a “June,” pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court in connection with a shooting in the Nelson Playground on June 7, 2018, in furtherance of the Woodycrime criminal enterprise.  U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl accepted the defendant’s guilty plea.

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “Today, Marvin Gamoneda admitted his responsibility for a brazen shooting in the middle of the afternoon in a playground in the Bronx.  During the shooting, two individuals, including a child, were hit.  We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe and to vigorously investigate acts of gang violence.”

As alleged in the Indictment and statements made in open court:

Woodycrime was a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including attempted murders and assaults, as well as drug dealing in the Bronx.  Members and associates of Woodycrime engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to preserve and expand the gang’s territory, and to protect the gang’s narcotics business.  Members and associates of Woodycrime enriched themselves by selling drugs, such as crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, and MDMA or “ecstasy.”  On June 7, 2018, GAMONEDA and others shot at a rival gang member in the vicinity of the Nelson Playground in the Bronx, during which two victims, including a 13-year-old child, were injured.  

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GAMONEDA, 34, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty to attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which carries a maximum sentence of life and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.  GAMONEDA will be sentenced before Judge Koeltl on July 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for information purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by Judge Koeltl.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the NYPD and the FBI.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew K. Chan, Jacob R. Fiddelman, and James Ligtenberg are in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
James Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
21-054
Updated March 15, 2021