Brooklyn gang member sentenced to 24 years in prison for murder-for-hire plot

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn gang member was sentenced Monday for conspiring to carry out a $5,000 hit for a drug dealer, United States District Attorney Breon Peace announced.

Ronald Williams, 46, was part of the 90’s Crew street gang based out of Canarsie and East Flatbush. Back in 2013, his co-conspirator, Leon Campbell, was on his way to sell marijuana to a customer when he spotted DEA agents who were following him, court documents show.

Campbell thought the customer he was delivering marijuana to was an informant so he fled the scene and later offered Williams $5,000 to kill the suspected informant, officials said.

Williams accepted the offer and began to plan, even selecting a gang member to carry out the hit, authorities said.

The hit was never carried out as federal agents were able to identify the potential victim and intercept the murder.

“Ronald Williams showed his indifference for a human life when, without any hesitation, he accepted money to kill someone suspected of being an informant for federal law enforcement,” said Peace. “Today’s lengthy sentence demonstrates the seriousness of obstructing justice and that those who seek to do so will be punished. Our district is a safer place with this dangerous and ruthless felon off the streets. I commend the DEA for taking swift action in warning the victim and preventing the planned murder from being carried out.”

Along with murder for hire charges, Williams was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition which were found when his Brooklyn home was being searched in connection with a drug trafficking crime. Officers found three handguns, several pounds of marijuana, a drug ledger, a safe, and a police scanner during the search.

After a two-week trial, Williams was convicted of multiple charges including conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and drug trafficking. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

For his part, Campbell pleaded guilty in June 2019 to murder-for-hire conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced in November 2019 to nine years in prison.

“This sentencing demonstrates DEA’s relentless pursuit to seek justice for drug trafficking and violent crimes,” said DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Tarentino. “The investigation underscores the relationship between drug trafficking and violence, and further demonstrates our commitment and resolve to holding those accountable for causing the most harm in our communities. I commend the hard work of the agents, prosecutors, and law enforcement partners who worked tirelessly on this investigation.”

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