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“YGz” Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murders In Connection With Racketeering Conspiracy

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

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MICHAEL BROWN, a/k/a “Mighty,” pled guilty late last Friday to engaging in a racketeering conspiracy that involved his participation in two attempted murders in connection with his membership in a racketeering enterprise known as the “Young Gunnaz” (“YGz”), a violent street gang that operated in and around several housing developments in the South Bronx.  As part of his guilty plea, BROWN admitted to participating in: (a) an attempted murder of a member of the rival “Murda Moore Gangstas” gang (“MMG”) in which a lower-ranking YGz member shot and seriously injured a rival MMG member at the direction of BROWN, and (b) an attempted murder of members of the rival Lyman Place gang (“LPG”) in which BROWN fired gunshots that struck and injured at least two bystanders.  BROWN faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison, and will be sentenced before United States District Judge Valerie E. Caproni on November 28, 2016.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “The YGz gang turned the Bronx neighborhoods in which it operated into a war zone – terrorizing residents and innocent bystanders with violence stemming from its feuds with rivals, and flooding the streets with drugs.  Michael Brown’s guilty plea shows that law enforcement won’t give up until the perpetrators of gang violence are brought to justice.”

According to the controlling Indictment and other documents filed in the case, as well as statements made during the plea proceedings:

BROWN was a member of the Bronx-based street gang known as the YGz, a leading member of a set of the YGz based in the Mitchell Houses in the Bronx, and committed acts of violence with other gang members to further the interests of the gang.  From at least 2005 to June 2016, members and associates of the YGz enriched themselves by selling drugs, such as “crack” cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, and committed acts of violence, including murder and attempted murder, against various people, including rival gang members, rival drug traffickers, and innocent bystanders.  As part of this enterprise, members and associates of the YGz killed and attempted to kill other individuals. 

As part of his involvement in the YGz gang, BROWN participated in at least two attempted murders of members of rival gangs.  First, in or about 2008, BROWN himself fired gunshots at and attempted to murder rival LPG gang members and ended up hitting and injuring two bystanders in the vicinity of Lyman Place in the Bronx.  Second, on or about November 15, 2011, at the direction of BROWN, a lower-ranking member of the Millbrook set of the YGz shot and seriously injured a rival MMG gang member near the Moore Houses in the Bronx in an attempt to kill the victim of this shooting. 

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Mr. Bharara praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New York City Police Department.   He also thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for their support in this case.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Samson Enzer, James McDonald, Andrew Adams, and Dina McLeod are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated August 29, 2016

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 16-233