Gang Member Sentenced To 32 Years In NYC Racketeering Case

NEW YORK CITY — A gang member received a 32-year prison sentence for a slew of violent crimes that rattled Coney Island.

Michael Liburd, 35, learned his racketeering conspiracy sentence Monday in a Brooklyn federal court.

Liburd is a member of a gang known as the West End Enterprise — a group that shook down public workers, engaged in a war with a rival gang called “Sex Money Murder” and committed a retaliatory murder in 2016, federal prosecutors said.

“Today’s sentence not only holds the defendant accountable for his numerous acts of violence, but also sends a powerful message that this Office and its law enforcement partners are committed to aggressively prosecuting members of violent street gangs,” Breon Peace, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement Monday.

The case began in the Coney Island’s “Mermaid Houses” — the Sea Rise Apartments, Gravesend Houses and Surfside Gardens — where the West End Enterprise sprang up, authorities said.

The gang rattled the area on Jan. 17, 2016, when Antwon Flowers — whom they believed killed one of their leaders — left the Mermaid Houses, authorities said. Liburd “shot Flowers in the back of the head, killing him instantly,” a release states.

Liburd’s eventual co-defendant Maurice Washington received a 25-year sentence for his role in the Flowers murder, authorities said.

West End Enterprise members, including Liburd, also extorted public workers employees at a Brooklyn construction site, committed violent robberies and intimidated witnesses, according to prosecutors.

Liburd was eventually charged with racketeering conspiracy for his role in the crimes. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 18.

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