Gang leader charged with trying to kill rival
A grand jury indicted English Thomas, 28, also known as "Pop," on charges of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and discharging a firearm during a violent crime, according to an indictment filed by federal prosecutors Sept. 27 in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.
Thomas, who prosecutors say is the leader of a Lakeview gang called the Insane Gangsta Crips, was arraigned yesterday and ordered held on a permanent order of detention.
Prosecutors said he fired shots from the Rockville Centre train station toward a nearby lounge on Feb. 21, 2011. The name of Thomas' alleged target was not released, but the indictment asserts Thomas tried to kill the Hempstead man "for the purpose of maintaining and increasing position in the Crips."
Thomas is being held without bail at Westchester County jail on charges including second-degree murder and third-degree attempted murder. He is accused of taking part in the killing of Sandra Hackley-Cornielle, 36, of Yonkers, and shooting her husband, Rafael Cornielle, 31, as well as their 12-year-old daughter on April 21, 2010, prosecutors said. Cornielle and the child survived.
Two other men, Kasaun White and Charles Parsley, of Rockville Centre, were sentenced to 75 years to life in prison in June for the Westchester shootings, records show.
Thomas' lawyer could not be reached for comment.