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Rochester man pleads guilty in Buffalo gang war

Sat, October 10, 2015 1:22 PM | NYGIA (Administrator)

A Rochester man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday in connection with a bloody Buffalo gang war.

Leslie Cunningham, 44, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in aid of racketeering, a felony, in front of U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Kasiem Williams, 26, of Buffalo and Sammy Ortiz, 28, of Buffalo each pleaded guilty to racketeering, or RICO, conspiracy. Both were members of Buffalo's 7th Street Gang.

Among other acts of violence, Williams shot and killed Virgil Page in June 2010 in Buffalo. Page was a drug rival of Cunningham.

In return, Cunningham promised to kill two rival 10th Street Gang members. He admitted to shooting at two and wounding one of them during a June 2010 shooting on Virginia Street in Buffalo.

Arcara will sentence Cunningham at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 2016.

A total of 18 defendants have been charged in this case and 12 have been convicted.

 

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