New York–(ENEWSPF)– PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JANICE FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-inCharge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") and EDMUND HARTNETT, the Commissioner of the Yonkers Police Department, announced that DAVON YOUNG, a/k/a "Burners," THOMAS CHAMBLISS, a/k/a "TC," and GREGORY FULLER, a/k/a "Murder," a/k/a "Julio," were all found guilty on Friday night following a four-week jury trial in White Plains federal court of murder, robbery, narcotics conspiracy, robbery conspiracy, firearms possession, and witness tampering offenses.
Mr. BHARARA stated: "These three defendants terrorized the citizens of Yonkers. They spread drugs and fear in their Yonkers neighborhood, and ultimately committed a brutal murder to further their drug trafficking business. With this conviction, a community can feel safer knowing that the defendants were held responsible for their crimes. This investigation and prosecution was a model of professionalism and cooperation among federal and local law enforcement."
According to the evidence at trial before United States District Judge CATHY SEIBEL:
Between 2002 and 2008, the Elm Street Wolves, a violent drug trafficking crew, operated in the Nodine Hill Section of Southwest Yonkers. YOUNG, CHAMBLISS, and FULLER were all members of the Elm Street Wolves and sold copious amounts of crack to drug users in the vicinity of Elm Street.
In 2008, YOUNG, CHAMBLISS, and FULLER also committed a series of gun-point robberies of drug dealers in Yonkers, New York. First, on January 4, 2008, YOUNG and FULLER robbed a crack cocaine dealer with a shotgun inside an apartment at 16 Orchard Place in Yonkers and stole approximately $600 in drug proceeds. Second, on January 14, 2008, CHAMBLISS, FULLER, and a co-conspirator robbed another crack cocaine dealer using a semi-automatic handgun in a hallway inside 34 Prospect Street in Yonkers.
Finally, on January 14, 2008, YOUNG, CHAMBLISS, and FULLER robbed Tyrone Bergmann in the vicinity of 177 Helena Avenue, Yonkers, and in the course of that robbery, YOUNG shot and killed Bergmann. Subsequent to the murder, CHAMBLISS contacted an eyewitness to the murder from prison and attempted to persuade the witness not to speak to the Yonkers Police Department about the witness’s knowledge of Bergmann’s robbery and murder.
The defendants face maximum sentences of life imprisonment on the narcotics conspiracy count. YOUNG and CHAMBLISS both face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, while FULLER faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years’ imprisonment, on the narcotics conspiracy count. In addition, FULLER faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 80 years’ imprisonment on the firearms charges, which must run consecutively to the narcotics conspiracy sentence, for a total mandatory minimum sentence of 100 years’ imprisonment. YOUNG faces a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 55 years’ imprisonment on the firearms charges, for a total mandatory minimum sentence of 65 years’ imprisonment. CHAMBLISS faces a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment on the firearms charges, for a total mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment. YOUNG, CHAMBLISS, and FULLER are all scheduled to be sentenced in front of Judge SEIBEL on June 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
U.S. Attorney BHARARA commended the FBI and the Yonkers Police Department for their outstanding efforts in this case.
Assistant United States Attorneys NICHOLAS L. McQUAID and MICHAEL Q. ENGLISH are in charge of the prosecution.