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Four reputed gang members convicted

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Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:54 pm

Four purported gang members have been convicted on second-degree conspiracy charges Wednesday in connection with a plot to murder two alleged gang rivals in Southeast Queens.

Justin Campbell, 19, Danae’e Cato, 23, Jahmarley Jones, 21, and Trevor Lucas, 23, were convicted after a 10-week trial, according to a statement from the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The DA said they plotted to kill two people in retaliation for the March 2014 shooting death of a SNOW gang member. Each is facing up to 25 years in prison.

The convictions obtained in this case today strike at the heart of a unified and criminally active group of young people who threatened the lives and safety of innocent bystanders  by conspiring to kill two purported members of a rival gang ...” Brown said. He said lengthy prison sentences are warranted.

Brown said the four operated in and around Rosedale, Laurelton and Rochdale Village, in the NYPD’s 105th and 113th precincts.

On April 1, 2014, Jones, Campbell and other alleged gang members met in Montbellier Park in Springfield Gardens “fin furtherance of the plot.” They ran when approached by police but were quickly apprehended.

Brown said another individual who was arrested at the time allegedly was in possession of a loaded and defaced handgun.

Campbell, who also was convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful assembly, was arrested after running from a car that had been reported stolen hours earlier.

When arrested, Jones who also was convicted of false presentation and unlawful assembly, “knowingly misrepresented his name, date of birth and address to a police officer with the intent to prevent the officer from finding out his true identity.”

Brown said the investigation was a coordinated effort involving the NYPD’s Queens Gang Squad, the 113th Precinct’s Strategic Enforcement Team and his own Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau.

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