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Newark Alleged Gang Members Charged with Murder in Connection to RICO Conspiracy

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A member of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips appeared in court today on charges that include attempted murder and murder as part of a RICO conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

According to federal officials, Mr. Elijah Williams, 21, Mr. Jason Franklin, 37 and Mr. Tre Byrd, 20, all of Newark, are charged by indictment with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy. 

Officials said that Williams was arraigned today before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court. Byrd was arraigned on June 9, before Judge Wigenton. Franklin remains at large.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Williams, Franklin, and Byrd are allegedly members and associates of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips. 

On September 25, 2018, Williams shot at four individuals in Newark, striking two. All of the victims survived the attack. 

On March 20, 2019, in Irvington, aided and abetted by Franklin and Byrd, Williams fatally shot another victim. 

On June 20, 2020, in Newark, Byrd worked with another member and associate of the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips to rob another victim at gunpoint. 

All of the defendants face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.