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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bailey Boys Gang Member Sentenced On Rico Conspiracy

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Eddie Allen, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of RICO Conspiracy in connection with a deadly shooting, was sentenced to 121 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan A. Tokash and Michael P. Felicetta, who are handling the prosecution of this case, Allen 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 July 9, 2011, the defendant traveled to Genesee and Guilford Streets, territory controlled by rival LRGP Gang members. Allen fired into a group of individuals who he believed were LRGP members. Three men were struck, two survived. The third individual was paralyzed and died seven months later.   
 
• On November 9, 2011, 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, the defendant shot and wounded an unarmed man who was lying on the ground.

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 12 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 sentencing 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 Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

Updated December 21, 2016