A member of the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Central Islip to attempted murder and illegal use of a weapon in a 2014 attack in Hempstead on a member of the rival Crips street gang, according to officials.
Billy McLen, 19, of Hempstead, was the last of the Bloods to be convicted in connection with the case, officials said. Federal prosecutors said he and several of his fellow gang members fired numerous shots across a major roadway, during the late afternoon near Hempstead High School, while targeting a rival Crips member.
The Crips member survived the attack, which was part of an ongoing war between the two local gang chapters, officials said.
“McLen participated in a premeditated attack in furtherance of the Bloods’ violent feud with the Crips,” Richard Donoghue, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, said in a statement. “The defendant now faces a lengthy prison term for the choices he made and the actions he took.”
“Motivated by futile gang rivalry, McLen allowed violence to determine his actions, which in turn determined his fate, as he will now spend [at least] 10 years in prison for attempting to take someone’s life,” William Sweeney, head of the FBI in New York, said.
Officials said that the investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force and the Nassau police department.
Two of the other Bloods who participated in the shooting have already been sentenced to 10 years in prison, officials said. The leader of McLen’s chapter of the Bloods, Jonathan Mayzick, 30, of Hempstead, supplied him with the handgun he used in the shooting, officials said.
Investigators were able to get information to help arrest the shooters because McLen talked about the incident on wiretaps during his calls with the leader, officials said.
“While these calls were taking place, McLen and his associates were located and arrested, and the guns used in the shooting were recovered,” officials said.
Mayzick was convicted of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and sentenced to 14 ½ years in prison, officials said.
McLen’s attorney could not be reached immediately for comment.
Eastern District federal prosecutors Nicole Boeckmann and Michael Maffei declined to comment.
McLen faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and as much as life imprisonment when he is sentenced at a later date.