Yonkers Gang Member Sentenced To Over 30 Years In Prison For Murder Of Florida Man And Other Racketeering Crimes
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that KEVIN WILTSHIRE was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to a prison term of 30 years and one day for crimes committed as part of a Yonkers-based street gang, “Cruddy 650,” including the murder of Andre Folsom, who was killed in Greenacres, Florida, on May 26, 2014. WILTSHIRE pled guilty on April 10, 2017, to participating in the Cruddy 650 racketeering conspiracy, to using and carrying firearms during and in relation to that conspiracy, and to using a firearm to murder Folsom. WILTSHIRE pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti, who imposed today’s sentence.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim stated: “Kevin Wiltshire and his fellow gang members wrought havoc on the City of Yonkers through shootings, drug distribution, and robberies. They also took their mayhem on the road, with disastrous consequences for Andre Folsom, whom Wiltshire murdered in Greenacres, Florida, in a senseless act of violence. Thanks to the hard work of the FBI and Yonkers Police Department, Wiltshire and the other members of Cruddy 650 have been brought to justice.”
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:
Cruddy 650 is a criminal enterprise operating principally in and around the City of Yonkers, New York. Cruddy 650 was founded in 2013 as the result of an alliance between gang members hailing from various parts of Yonkers, including Riverdale Avenue, Woodworth Avenue, Warburton Avenue, and Cottage Place Gardens. Even after the alliance, members of the gang hailing from Cottage Place Gardens continued to identify primarily as “Cruddy,” while members of the gang hailing from Riverdale Avenue identified primarily as “650.”
Cruddy 650 members and associates protected and promoted the gang’s power and territory, and sought to enrich its members through acts of violence, intimidation, and the sale of illegal drugs. During the time period relevant to the Superseding Indictment, members and associates of Cruddy 650 were responsible for multiple shootings and attempted murders, street robberies, robberies of banks and other businesses, bank fraud, witness tampering, and the distribution of narcotics, including crack cocaine and marijuana. Victims of the shootings and other acts of violence perpetrated by members of Cruddy 650 included both rival gang members and innocent bystanders.
The violence of the Cruddy 650 enterprise and its members spread from Yonkers, New York, to Florida. On May 26, 2014, KEVIN WILTSHIRE murdered Andre Folsom in Greenacres, Florida, shooting him in the head during a dispute in the parking lot of a Walmart store.
The tragic circumstances of Folsom’s death did not deter WILTSHIRE from further violence. After the murder, he and his fellow Cruddy 650 members returned to Yonkers, where he continued to engage in acts of violence on behalf of the gang. Of particular note, during the summer of 2014, WILTSHIRE and a co-conspirator shot into a crowd in the vicinity of Oliver Street in Yonkers. Although their objective was to kill rival gang members, no one was seriously hurt. Subsequently, on September 21, 2014, WILTSHIRE and several co-conspirators again fired on rival gang members in the vicinity of Oliver Avenue in Yonkers.
WILTSHIRE, 22, of Yonkers, New York, was sentenced to 25 years on the murder count, five years on the firearms offense, and one day on the racketeering count, all to run consecutively, to be followed by five years’ supervised release.
Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI’s Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force, which comprises agents and investigators from the FBI, the United States Probation Office, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the New York City Police Department, the City of Yonkers Police Department, the City of Peekskill Police Department, and the Mount Vernon Police Department. He also thanked the FBI’s Miami Division and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Hartman and Jessica Feinstein are in charge of the prosecution.