U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of New York
Northern District of New York
For Immediate Release
November 25, 2013
Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney
Contact: John Katko
Bricktown Gang Member Sentenced to 420 Months Imprisonment
Jarrell Williams Held Accountable for Multiple Shootings and the Murder of Anthony Ford
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — RICHARD S. HARTUNIAN, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, announces that JARRELL WLLIAMS, age 23, of Syracuse, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Syracuse to 420 months imprisonment for his role in conspiring to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity through his membership in the Bricktown Gang, a violent street gang operating on the streets of Syracuse.
As part of his plea, WILLIAMS admitted that the Bricktown Gang operated within the City of Syracuse from at least 2000 through the present and that members of the Bricktown Gang: (1) maintain a specific geographic territory within the City of Syracuse in which only gang members can sell crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana; (2) protect that exclusive crack distribution territory with violence if necessary; (3) obtain drugs from suppliers in New York City and elsewhere; (4) project a very violent attitude and respond to violence with violence in order to preserve their stature in the gang community; (5) on occasion use hand signs, wear blue colored bandanas and have tattoos, all of which are intended to signify their gang membership; (6) use criteria such as willingness to use violence, ability to sell drugs, and familial connections to determine membership; and (7) routinely carry and use firearms in connection with their gang activity.
WILLIAMS also admitted to, and was held accountable for, multiple acts of violence he committed on behalf of the Bricktown Gang including the fatal shooting of Anthony Ford in the 1600 block of East Fayette Street, Syracuse. A female who was with Ford at the time was shot in the head but survived. WILLIAMS shot Ford and the female victim because he mistakenly believed Ford to be involved in a gang when in fact Ford was not part of any gang. This shooting occurred a mere three hours after WILLIAMS shot an East Side gang member in the back as part of an ongoing war between the Bricktown and East Side gangs.
This prosecution resulted from a long-term investigation conducted by the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force, which is comprised of agents and detectives from the following agencies: the Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Troopers, the United States Marshals Service and the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (Syracuse Office). The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
Further questions or inquiries may be directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney, John M. Katko, who is handling the case, at (315) 448-0672.