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Gang Leader Sentenced To 17 Years In Prison For Violent Crime In Aid Of Racketeering

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Leonard Mathews Ordered a Shooting in the Bronx that Injured Three Bystanders

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that LEONARD MATHEWS was sentenced to 17 years in prison for ordering a shooting that left three people injured, and for distributing crack cocaine.  MATHEWS was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, as well as firearms, ammunition, and crack cocaine distribution offenses following a seven-day jury trial in October 2018.  The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken.

According to allegations in the Indictment and evidence introduced at trial:

MATHEWS is a leader, or “big homie,” in the Gangsta Milla Bloods, or “GMB,” a subset of the United Bloods Nation gang that operates in the Bronx and engages in racketeering activity, including narcotics distribution.  On October 20, 2017, MATHEWS ordered a subordinate gang member to shoot someone with whom MATHEWS previously had a physical altercation.  The shooting resulted in the injury of three innocent bystanders on Morris Avenue between East Kingsbridge Road and East 196th Street in the Bronx.  On the night of the shooting, following a closed-door meeting with MATHEWS and other members of the gang, the same Bloods foot soldier that MATHEWS ordered to do the shooting stabbed and left for dead one of the principal witnesses to the shooting.

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Judge Oetken sentenced MATHEWS, 27, of the Bronx, New York, to 84 months in prison on one count of aiding and abetting or willfully causing assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, one count of aiding and abetting or willfully causing the possession of ammunition by a felon, and one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  In addition, Judge Oetken sentenced MATHEWS to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for one count of aiding and abetting or willfully causing the discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, to be served consecutively to the 84-month sentence imposed on the other counts.

Mr. Berman praised the investigative efforts of the Bronx Violent Crimes Squad of the New York City Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Justin V. Rodriguez, Dominic A. Gentile, and Emil J. Bove III are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated July 2, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 19-206