The last of three street gang members in southeast Queens convicted of plotting to murder two rivals was sentenced Thursday to spend as much as 25 years behind bars.
Jahmarley Jones, 21, was ordered by Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert Kohm to serve 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison after being convicted on second-degree conspiracy and other charges. Two of his associates — Justin Campbell and Dane’e Cato, 23, also of southeast Queens — received the same sentence from Justice Kohm on Wednesday after they were convicted of the same charges.
According to police, Campbell, Cato and Jones, along with a fourth, previously convicted individual conspired to kill two members of a rival street gang between March 30 and April 1, 2014. The plot came about following the March 2014 shooting death of a fellow gang member.
On April 1, 2014, prosecutors said, the gang members gathered in Montbellier Park in Springfield Park. Police, however, showed up at the scene, and the group scattered.
Campbell was picked up after running from a stolen 1996 Honda Accord; a second individual was apprehended and found in possession of a loaded, defaced handgun.
“This sentencing is the final chapter in the convictions of four violent street gang members,” Brown said in a statement announcing Jones’ sentencing on Thursday. “The lengthy prison terms imposed by the court should strike fear in the hearts of these unified criminal groups that have for too long plagued our society and put innocent bystanders at risk.”
The gang members were busted through an investigation conducted by the NYPD Queens Gang Squad, the 113th Precinct Strategic Enforcement Team and the DA’s Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau.