Paterson Gang Member Gets 14 Years in RICO Case


NEWARK, N.J. – A member of the Paterson Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced Thursday to 14 years  in federal prison for conspiring to murder and kidnap a rival gang member, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Haleek State, 27, of Paterson, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

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According to the press release, State admitted that he conspired with fellow gang members Larry Mayo, John Benning and Torien Brooks to murder a rival gang member, identified in court documents as “M.M.” State said the plan arose out of a disagreement between Brooks and M.M.

On April 11, 2005, the four gang members kidnapped and pistol-whipped M.M., eventually taking him to the Paterson Falls to murder him, the press release said. As the gang members exited the car, M.M. was able to escape and run down the street, saving his life.

The press release said State also admitted that he conspired with other individuals from January 2005 through January 2007 to sell cocaine in an apartment building on 16th Avenue in Paterson controlled by a Fruit Town Brims member.

Mayo and Benning have pleaded guilty to related offenses and await sentencing, the press release said. The charges against Brooks remain pending.

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