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Two Members Of The Mount Vernon Goonies Street Gang Sentenced For Participating In The Murder Of Dean Daniels

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that RAHEEM JONES, a/k/a “Trigga,” was sentenced to 25 years in prison for participating in the 2014 murder of Dean Daniels and his participation multiple other shootings in furtherance of the gang.  In November 2021, co-defendant MARKEL OVERTON, a/k/a “Kellz,”was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his participation in the Daniels murder and other violent affairs of the Goonies gang.   

According to allegations in the Indictment and other documents filed in federal court, as well as statements made in public court proceedings: 

Between 2007 and 2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JONES and OVERTON were members of a racketeering enterprise known as the “Goonies.”  In order to fund the enterprise, protect and expand its interests, and promote its standing, members and associates of the Goonies committed, conspired, attempted, and threatened to commit acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder and robbery; they conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute narcotics; and they obtained, possessed, and used firearms, including by brandishing and firing them.  Both JONES and OVERTON held senior status in the Goonies gang.

In the afternoon of September 22, 2014, OVERTON and JONES accompanied two Goonies associates to retaliate against Dean Daniels for robbing one of the Goonies associates of his car.  When they spotted Daniels, OVERTON and JONES waited in the car while the two Goonies associates left the vehicle with a gun to confront Daniels.  The Goonies associates shot Daniels twice in the vicinity of Park Avenue in Mount Vernon, New York before running back to the vehicle to flee the scene.  Daniels died as a result of the gunshot wounds.

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JONES, 33, pled guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of using a firearm in connection with an assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, whichcarried a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

OVERTON, 32, pled guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, which carried a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the Mount Vernon Police Department and the FBI’s Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force, which comprises agents and detectives from the FBI, Yonkers Police Department, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Westchester County Police Department, Peekskill Police Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, New York City Police Department, and U.S. Probation. 

The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Anden Chow is in charge of the prosecution.


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-2600

Updated January 28, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-021