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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 23, 2016

Bailey Boys Gang Member Pleads Guilty For His Role In Two Murders

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tyrone Brown, 24, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to RICO Conspiracy in connection with two deadly shootings before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the prosecution of this case, Brown was a member of the Bailey Boys Gang, a violent criminal gang which operates in an area of the City of Buffalo bounded by Winspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street.

• On January 11, 2011, the defendant shot and killed Harold McCain inside a store on Genesee Street in Buffalo.
• On June 14, 2011, Brown shot and killed Kevin Wilkins in a drive by shooting on Minnesota Avenue in Buffalo.
• On November 9, 2011, the defendant, co-defendant Eddie Allen, and other members of the Bailey Boys Gang robbed several people at a house party on Rounds Avenue in Buffalo. During the course of these robberies, Brown participated in the attempted murder of Omego Stafford who was shot and wounded.    
• On June 28, 2011, Brown and other co-defendants went to Shirley Avenue in Buffalo and opened fire on rival gang members. One person was shot and wounded.
• Between 2004 and April 23, 2013, the defendant and other members of the Bailey boys Gang distributed cocaine in the territory controlled by the gang.
As a result of the ongoing investigation into the Bailey Boys Gang, members now stand accused of four murders, 14 attempted murders, including four drive-by shootings. The attempted murders include a shooting that occurred during a neighborhood party with numerous children present and a shooting that occurred during a robbery. A total of 11 were arrested and to date, eight defendants have been convicted. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.          

Today’s plea is the result of an ongoing investigation on the part of the United States Attorney’s Office in close cooperation with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty, the Buffalo Police Department, under direction of Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the Direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division. The Safe Streets Task Force includes  the Amherst Police Department, the Buffalo Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, the Hamburg Police Department, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police, the New York State Police, Town of Tonawanda Police Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Enforcement & Removal Operations.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Skretney.

Updated September 23, 2016