By: Tracie Carter
Tre Byrd, a 22-year-old member of the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips, has been sentenced to 144 months in prison for his involvement in a racketeering conspiracy.U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced the sentencing, which took place Wednesday in Newark federal court under U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton.
Byrd, also known by his aliases "Bands" and "G Bandz," had earlier entered a guilty plea to a charge of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy, following a superseding indictment.
His sentence reflects his participation in a criminal enterprise known for its acts of violence and drug trafficking across the District of New Jersey and beyond.
The Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips have been implicated in numerous criminal activities from 2015 through September 22, 2022.
Among the documented offenses, Byrd was directly involved in a March 2019 operation with fellow gang members to eliminate a rival gang member.The targeted individual was fatally shot on March 20, 2019, in Irvington, New Jersey, marking an example of the gang's violent reach.
Additionally, in June 2020, Byrd participated in a robbery at gunpoint alongside at least one other gang associate in Newark, further demonstrating the gang's penchant for violent crime.
Following his prison term, Byrd will undergo five years of supervised release, as ordered by Judge Wigenton.
Federal officials said this sentence aims to serve as a deterrent to those involved in organized crime and underscores the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to combat gang violence and racketeering in New Jersey communities.