NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The leader and founder of the Yellow Tape Money Gang in the City of Newburgh could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on racketeering, attempted murder, narcotics, and witness tampering charges Wednesday, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York said.
Tyrin Gayle, 24, led the Yellow Tape Money Gang (YTMG) from 2015 to May 2016. During that time the gang engaged in shootings, as well as the distribution of crack and heroin.
“Gang leader Tyrin Gayle chose the name Yellow Tape Money Gang to glamorize the yellow tape surrounding the scenes of the gang’s many shootings and the money the gang raked in selling crack cocaine and heroin," Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement. "With today’s verdict, Gayle has been held to account for his vicious crimes.”
The gang’s members, including Gayle, regularly used minors to sell their drugs, carry their guns and perform their shootings. YTMG, whose territory centered around the intersection of William Street and Hasbrouck Street, engaged in a violent rivalry with another Newburgh street gang, known as Southside, whose territory centered around the intersection of South Street and Chambers Street, the U.S. Attorney said.
On Dec. 11, 2015, Gayle and two other YTMG members drove to the intersection of South Street and Liberty Street, where they opened fire on Southside gang members in broad daylight. At least one Southside member returned fire, causing the YTMG car to crash into a tree.
On Feb. 21, 2016, in retaliation for a shooting of a YTMG member, Gayle and others drove to the intersection of South Street and Chambers Street. When he was unable to locate any Southside gang members in the area, Gayle and his fellow gang members took aim at an innocent bystander who happened to be in Southside territory at the time and shot the victim in the abdomen, the U.S. attorney said.
Gayle was convicted of one count of racketeering conspiracy involving more than 280 grams of crack cocaine; one count of attempted murder in aid of racketeering; one count of assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering; one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine; one count of using a minor in drug operations; one count of possessing, brandishing, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of racketeering and narcotics conspiracies; and attempted witness tampering.
Gayle faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He will be sentenced on Jan. 16, 2018.
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