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Buffalo woman pleads guilty in ‘black widow’ murder case

When members of the LRGP Gang gathered to talk about the murder of Amir Chambers, Alexis Mills was there.

And when it came time to set up that final, fatal meeting with Chambers, who they believed was a rival gang member, it was Mills who reached out to him.

Chambers was murdered that day in April 2011 and Mills is now looking at up to 33 years in federal prison.

Mills, a member of the LRGP Gang, admitted taking part in Chambers’ murder as part of plea deal approved by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

“This case presents a version of the ‘black widow’ crime scenario occasionally seen by law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said in a statement Wednesday. “The defendant, taking advantage of a prior intimate relationship with the victim, induced the victim to open a locked door, allowing an accomplice to enter the premises and execute the victim.”

The prosecutors on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas S. Duszkiewicz and Joel L. Violanti, said Mills was a member and associate of the gang that operated in the neighborhood around Lombard, Rother, Playter and Gibson Streets.

At the core of the LRGP prosecution is the allegation that it used firearms and violence as part of a cocaine and crack cocaine distribution network.

Mills, in her plea deal, said Chambers’ murder was in retaliation for the killing of Alonzo Scott, the brother of LRGP leader Dewayne Gray. Prosecutors say the gang believed the rival Cold Springs Gang was responsible for Scott’s death,

When an attempt to poison Chambers failed, prosecutors said LRGP members decided he should be shot. They also claim said Fred Keys, another LRGP member, fired the shot that killed Chambers.

Mills’ guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Buffalo Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.