A convicted felon from Long Island City was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court Thursday, Aug. 4 to 10 years in prison for possessing ammunition in connection to a Queensbridge Houses shooting in 2020.
Tyreik Jackson, 36, known on the streets as “Marlo,” is a member of the Makk Balla Brims Bloods, the King of Queens gangs and a drug-trafficking crew that controlled the vicinity of 8th Street and Astoria Boulevard. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge in February.
Jackson’s street name “Marlo” was adopted from the fictional drug king, Marlo Stanfield, in “The Wire,” the critically acclaimed HBO classic about the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
Jackson was previously convicted in 2008 of felony assault, arising from separate attacks in which he struck one victim in the head with a baseball bat and restrained a second victim while another individual stabbed him, according to federal prosecutors.
According to court filings, prior to the 2020 shooting that left a man wounded, members of Jackson’s crew had threatened the victim multiple times, claiming he had sold marijuana on their turf. Shortly before midnight on September 26, 2020, Jackson was outside a Long Island City nightclub when he saw the victim ride past him on a scooter.
Jackson was picked up by two associates and driven to the Queensbridge Houses, where both Jackson and the victims lived as youths. Jackson walked up to the victim and fired three shots, wounding him in the elbow, hip and rear end. Shell casings from the bullets fired by Jackson were recovered by NYPD detectives at the crime scene.
“The defendant, who has previously been convicted of a violent felony crime, has demonstrated that he shows no respect for the law or human life,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said. “With today’s sentence, he is deservedly removed from the community. Fortunately in this case, the victim survived. I commend the prosecutors in our office and our law enforcement partners who are working tirelessly to deter gun violence bringing cases with serious federal consequences against violent individuals like the defendant.”
Jackson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee to 10 years in prison. He was also named in a sweeping 141-count indictment one year ago after the NYPD raided street gangs operating at the Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Astoria Houses complexes in Western Queens.